EFC Calendar

2016-2017 Ethics for Children Calendar

September 2016
11 18 25
 EFC Starts

 

EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
EFC
October 2016
2 9 16 23 30
 EFC
(platform songs) EfC TAG SALE
No EFC
Indigenous Peoples Day (previously called Columbus Day)
 EFC EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
EFC
November 2016
6 13 20 27
No EFC
(AEU Ethical Education Retreat
EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
EFC
Wampanoag
Ceremony
No EFC (Thanksgiving Break)
December 2016
4 11 18 25
EFC
(platform songs)
 EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
EFC
Winter Solstice Ceremony
No EFC
(Winter Recess)
January 2017
1 8 15 22 29
No EFC
(Winter Recess)
 EFC
(platform songs)
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
No EFC
(MLK Weekend)
EFC  EFC
February 2017
5 12 19 26
EFC EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
No EFC
(Midwinter Recess)
No EFC
(Midinter Recess)
March 2017
5 12 19 26
EFC EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg. (1-2 pm)
EFC EFC
April 2017
2 9 16 23 30
EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg. (1-2 pm)
No EFC
(Spring Break)
No EFC
(Spring Break)
EFC EFC
May 2017
7 14 21 28
 EFC EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
EFC No EFC
(Memorial Day Weekend)
June 2017
4 11 18 25
 EFC EFC
Ethical Ed Mtg.
(1-2 pm)
 EFC  Stepping Up Ceremony
Last EFC

Teachers

LEA BENDER

leaLea’s background in theater, creative writing, team-building and event production has informed her role as a teacher and program director. She has worked with diverse populations of children in a range of environments: from theater workshops to juvenile detention facilities.  Lea believes in the use of creativity and play to promote learning and personal development and to encourage new ways of interacting with our environment and communities. Lea encourages children to act on their convictions and use their voices in and out of class.  She brings her passion for environmental awareness, social justice and cultural understanding to her work on behalf of the Ethical Culture movement, whose message and actions couldn’t be more timely or important than right now.

SIMBA YANGALA

simbaSimba was born in Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo). She is a performing artist, choreographer, playwright and educator. She studied Liberal Arts at LaGuardia Community College. She is the Artistic Director of her own performing arts company JungleDom Network.

Simba has over ten years of experience working with children in New York City and beyond. She has a special gift for empathizing with young children, imbuing them with confidence and teaching them about community. With her generous heart and enthusiasm for the arts she has already nurtured a generation of children through the Ethics for Children program.

TATY SENA

TatyTaty was born in Brazil and has been a teacher and tutor for over 20 years in schools in Brazil and in NYC. Much of her work with kids over the past 20 years has revolved around developing projects to create positive change in local and international communities and to empower young people to understand how important their ideas and actions can be.

Taty has worked for a variety of different organizations, including Greenpeace and The New York International Fringe Festival. She has also taught martial arts, organized interfaith organizations to support educational and health projects in Uganda, Brazil, Tibet and Afghanistan, and has held a variety of technology jobs, ranging from web development to robotics.
Taty joined BSEC looking for a caring and engaged community for her own daughter Tahra, who is now a happy student of the youngest Ethics for Children classes.

The Ethics for Children Program

The Ethics for Children Program

Our Programs

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

Exploring Ethics (ages 3-7)

This program is designed to provide a warm and caring environment for young children: a place they want to be. The curriculum for this group is play-based and encourages cooperation and respect for themselves and their classmates. Stories, games, art and free-play employ the senses, build cooperation and touch on themes such as nature, community, generosity and kindness.

Living Ethics (ages 8-11)

Our children continue to build on these foundations. This group will expand their sense of social responsibility and explore global ethical dilemmas. They will also explore the history of world religions as well as the Ethical Culture movement. The main goal for this age group is to examine their own beliefs in preparation for their Coming of Age year.

TEEN PROGRAMS 

Evolving Ethics (ages 12-14)

Our Evolving Ethics class provides a supportive space where teens develop good decision-making skills, caring relationships and social responsibility. At our weekly meetings young teens experience belonging and community in a welcoming, action-oriented, and judgment-free environment. Through service-learning projects, visits from local artists and non-profit organizations, our group will explore how to be effective initiators and organizers of social change.  Students will have opportunities to share their work and their evolving understanding about what one needs to do to lead a meaningful life. Graduates can join the YES Program (Youth of Ethical) that is part of a national group of kids involved in Ethical Culture.

“YES” – Teen Group (ages 14-19)

Our BSEC teen group “Youth of Ethical Society” creates an inclusive, safe haven while having a positive impact on the community and encouraging ethical action. The program offers a safe, respectful, and confidential environment where group members can freely discuss and explore topics important to teens. The group also takes responsibility for planning and implementing its own activities.

Have any questiosn for us? Please send us a message and we will get back to you right away.:

Or call Lea Bender at 917-586-0130.