We are in the midst of a time like no other and trying to make sense of it all is a tremendous undertaking. The changes, uncertainty, and dilemmas can feel overwhelming. What is a kid to do?!
Our Ethics for Children program offers a fun, safe, interactive learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, thoughtfulness and a deeper understanding of self and others. This program does not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather our goal is provide a forum where students can identify their own values, expand their knowledge and gain skills essential to developing and following their own moral compass and voice.
Throughout the program, our interactive online community will explore, collaborate, support, and celebrate their journey together. Each weekly class will feature one of the 5 major principles of our program: Care for the self, family, community, earth, and world. Using art, theatre, games, stories, music, discussion, reflection, and more students will be empowered to make a difference in each of these areas of their lives.
Live classes are held weekly on Zoom. In support of the interactive community element, students will also have the option to join a private facilitated group on Flipgrid where they can share and comment on ethics-related information, projects, and experiences throughout the week.
All classes are Tuesdays :
3:30 to 4:30pm – Growing Ethics (ages 7-10yo)
Teacher Angel Thompson
5:00 to 6:00pm Living Ethics (ages 10-14)
Teacher Laura Borgwardt
Classes will be: November 17, 24, December 1, 8 and 15
Culminating Celebration Date on December 22
Individual Sessions: $75.00 (per 5 class session + December Celebration Day)
Scholarships are available. Please visit https://bsec.org/scholarshipapp/ to learn more.
Angel Thompson is an artist, writer, educator, and mother. She has a background in visual arts, including an Integrative Arts degree from Penn State University. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, working with families and children of all ages throughout NYC. As an instructor, she is passionate about instilling her students with the skills they need to share their inherent creativity and voice. She is a strong proponent of service-learning and volunteerism. She believes that facilitating experiences for youth where their principles can become action is essential to developing a life of agency for the greater good.
Laura Borgwardt is an actor and teaching artist, with a BFA in acting from Syracuse University. She is a co-founder of CO/LAB Theater Group, a nonprofit organization for actors with developmental disabilities. She teaches theater residencies in NYC public schools with ArtsConnection and has taught with the Stuttering Association for the Young, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, among others. Laura loves working with young people and seeing where their awesome creativity and capacity for empathy can lead us. She lives in Brooklyn with her pup Edith Ann, an adorable Jack Russell Terrier who frequently co-teachers her online classes.
Have any questions for us? Please send us a message and we will get back to you right away.
The video below is from one of our classes during our end of year ceremony: