This program combines self-direction, teamwork, service and cutting-edge technology in a manner that helps students to develop their own interests and aptitudes in a positive environment. The EAST model allows students to take ownership of their own educational goals as well as the challenges of their communities and the responsibility for seeking solutions. Students move beyond the theoretical exploration of issues into active learning and service. 

This model empowers students to become good citizens at a time in their lives when they are beginning to ingrain habits that will stay with them the rest of their lives. It teaches leadership in a natural way that does not focus necessarily on who is in charge as much as who has the skills, the passion, and the interest to solve the myriad problems. Participating in EAST better prepares students for successful academic careers and makes them valued citizens and sought-after members of the modern workforce.