About Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island
Judie VanCleave - President
Mary Grace Barrett
Marion Conlin & Kristen Sakati - Co-Chairs
Mary Grace Barrett
Our Mission Statement
Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head is a peer-led, volunteer organization drawing on the knowledge and talents available in the area and beyond, to teach, lecture and share life experiences. We are committed to providing affordable, superior learning opportunities to the Hilton Head Island community. We believe the quest for knowledge is not bound by age, but is enhanced through life experiences and the sharing of ideas.
We will, when advisable, provide financial assistance to other non-profit organizations whose programs enhance the educational opportunities of their constituents.
After having been affiliated with SHARE and the Creative Retirement Center, our Board of Directors decided to create a new organization for Hilton Head Island and nearby communities. Our classes would be held at various venues, but all would be located on the Island. Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island kicked off its first academic year in the Fall of 2005.
Each year since then we have seen our membership grow and our curriculum provide a wider course selection. One of the great advantages we had from the outset was the talents and experiences of our volunteer instructors. Some are long-time Islanders; most are “transplants”. Their amazing depth of education and professional background is reflected in the wide range of courses we offer in the arts, history, psychology, science and popular culture.
Our Contributions to HHI
In accordance with our Mission Statement, we are very proud that we have been able to provide financial assistance to our community over many years. The organizations we have contributed to are all non-profit and provide educational enrichment for their constituents: The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, Friends of the Library, Heroes On Horseback, The Sea Island Regional Science Fair, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Programs For Exceptional People (P.E.P.), Hilton Head Heroes and The Children’s Center.
LLHHI is a member of the Elderhostel Network of lifelong learning institutions which provides programs in every state in the U.S. and in more than 90 countries.
Road Scholar is the name for the programs developed and offered by Elderhostel, Inc. the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Our mission is to empower adults to explore the world’s places, peoples, cultures and ideas, and in so doing to discover more about themselves. A fellowship of learning and the joy of discovery are the hallmarks of the Road Scholar experience.