Our Work

Fostering leadership development through uniquely designed experiential learning opportunities.


Education is the kindling of a flame - not the filling of a vessel.



Our Partners

The Pony Barnes Foundation partners with existing experiential learning based programs to co-create and implement customizable leadership workshops and camps.

Apply for a Mini-Grant

If you have a program or a project that you think aligns with the Pony Principles, then be in touch. We are proud to offer our first round of mini-GRANTS. Grant applications are due by December 10, 2020. Funds will be dispersed by the end of the year and projects must be completed by October 2021. Find more information here.

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The PONY Principles

Play is Powerful

Own Your Emotions

Nurture Potential

You As A Leader

About Us

Our customized programs utilize strategic integration of leadership principles and methods implemented and developed for over 45 years by Dr. Virginia "Pony" Barnes.

Our PONY Principles can be incorporated into any experiential learning environment to foster leadership development and inspire a passion for learning.