Andrew Barer is the founder of Wingspan Associates. He is a corporate consultant and coach for executives and young adults. He has a passion for making the world a better place. He is the founder and director of The Common Ground Foundation in Easton, CT. This foundation was started in order to help young people on isolated Native American Reservations build self-esteem and gain the educational and social benefits of internet access. As an introduction, they bring young people to a three-day basketball camp. Andrew Barer participated in running 3-day basketball clinics and subsequent leadership skills workshops, raising funds for expenses and soliciting donations of goods for camp supplies, supervising recruitment of top college basketball coaches to donate their time, and supervising the creation of marketing materials and a website. Camps have been run on both the Navajo and Blackfeet Reservations. The camps in Arizona (Navajo reservation) typically host over 350 girls and boys from ages 12-17.
Andrew also serves as a special advisor for the Mycelium School. The Mycelium School is an international program which seeks to endow the next generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and address root causes of social and environmental concerns. The school invites 18-30 year old global citizens to gain an interdisciplinary education based on ecological principles, localization, and social innovation. Andrew Barer assisted the founder of the Mycelium School with initial school conceptualization, advised on the design of school structure and curriculum, and he has also assisted with school marketing and fundraising in Connecticut communities including New Canaan, Darien, and Greenwich. Andrew also helped with the recruitment of faculty and staff.
He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Easton Learning Foundation. ELF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to enhancing educational excellence for students in the Easton Public Schools. The organization was founded in 2004 by a group of community volunteers and educators. When with the Easton Learning Foundation, Andrew helped refine and implement the organization’s mission statement, recruited several new board members, and helped lead extensive fundraising and community outreach initiatives. Andrew also acted as a liaison with the public schools through working directly with the students, teachers, and admi