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What do you want to do today? 

Think, Dream & Create at TDC


TDC is a unique maker space created to promote talent discovery and development in all kinds of kids, with a special understanding of, and support for bright and creative kids who think and learn in non-traditional ways. TDC programs and activities are facilitated and supervised by teachers and social workers, and are mentor-supported by teens and adults who teach and share their talents, passions and interests. TDC provides kids with an opportunity to know themselves and be themselves. At TDC, kids have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded peers and build new friendships. TDC welcomes kids ages 5 -18. 






Everyone thinks. Everyone dreams. Everyone creates.

TDC is a place to think, dream and create possibilities with like-minded mentors and peers.

TDC offers a variety of classes, activities and mentor opportunities for children and teens ages 5-18 in a safe and supervised space. A collaborative environment that encourages a sharing of ideas in the creative and problem solving processes, TDC takes a synergistic approach in its workshops and classes that begins with our youngest learners. All of our young learners (ages 5 – 12) experience a mentor-supported environment that fosters a sharing of ideas, a collaborative approach to problem solving, and talent development. 

Adolescents ages 13 -18 will find both mentors and like-minded peers who share their passions and interests. They can choose from a range of activities and programming to develop an existing talent or interest, or they may discover something brand new. The pursuit of new learning is encouraged, as is a “trial and error” philosophy that promotes confidence and resilience in children and teens of all ages. We encourage our participants in grades 8 through 12 to take on a mentor role for younger participants.

TDC is a program of the family-centered practice of Melissa Sornik, LCSW PLLC, located at the Sea Cliff Wellness Center. All of our programming and activities are supervised and facilitated by teachers and social workers. The concepts of mindfulness, collaboration and problem solving that are promoted in our SCSB (Social Cognition Skill Building) Groups are infused into all of our programs and activities creating an inclusive and safe environment for all of our participants.


For Adults:

As a program of the practice of Melissa Sornik, LCSW PLLC located at the Sea Cliff Wellness Center, TDC offers a number of activities for parents. Specialized workshops, psycho-educational classes and support groups are offered through the clinical practice. The TDC maker space encourages parents to share their talents and passions with our community of children, teens and mentors. Join us for movie nights, game nights and other events and activities. Have an idea? Share it with us! We’re all about creative synergy and community building.


Quote of the month:

The things that make me different are the things that make me.
— A.A. Milne