Voice of the Children

Voice of the Children promotes and facilitates activities that advocate young people's civil rights and autonomy. We believe that children should have significant decision-making power over all aspects of their own lives to improve their growth into competent and empathetic individuals who are agents of constructive change.

Art & Activism Workshops — Summer 2019

It is our belief at Voice of the Children that self-management and the ability to lead and delegate are vital skills that need to be practiced and honed; therefore, we provide rare opportunities for young people to do so, in a supportive environment.

Beach Camping Trip

Beach Camping Trip

We'll be camping right on the beach at the Sandy Hook campgrounds, about an hour away by car in the Gateway National Recreation Area. This trip gives your child the opportunity to bond with a nice group of other young people their age in a relaxed environment where they set the schedule for the day. We have three sites reserved in the shaded tree area a short walk from the beach (lifeguards on duty all day, every day!) At night we'll have camp fires, board games and stories. We will also make excursions to a nearby boardwalk and water park (20-25 minutes away) and have the town movie theater 15 minutes down the road as well. Space is extremely limited, and so, sign up for this one now!

Ages: 8 - 15 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: Departing Monday 7/15 in the morning, coming back Friday, 7/19 in the late afternoon
Dates: July 15 - 19
Location: Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook, NJ
Cost: $650, includes accommodations, transportation, and meals. You must provide your own sleeping bag and optionally extra money for any activities. Please contact us for information on financial aid.


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Woods Camping Trip

Woods Camping Trip

For our second year, we're heading to the woods for a five day, four night cabin camping trip in Harriman State Park, about an hour north of NYC by train. We'll be staying on the shore of Lake Sebago in the NY State Park cabins (in the fancier B loop cabins this year!) Harriman State Park has miles of of really nice trails to hike, as well as fishing, boating, and camp fire cooking to be done. There will be 3-5 adults and fifteen children in three cabins. We'll have access to a car and there is electricity and refrigerators in the cabins, for a nice balance of wilderness with some of the comforts of modern life.

Ages: 8 - 15 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: Departing Monday 8/12 in the morning, coming back Friday, 8/16 in the late afternoon
Dates: August 12 - 16
Location: Lake Sebago, Harriman State Park, NY
Cost: $750, includes cabin rental, food, train ticket, and basic boat rental / activities. You must provide your own sleeping bag. Please contact us for information on financial aid.


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Dungeons and Dragons Summer Camp

Summer Camp Dungeons & Dragons at Brooklyn Apple Academy

We will be playing a week long Dungeons & Dragons campaign! D&D is a great way of exploring your imagination, learning to cooperate, studying mythology and fantasy worlds, and having a wonderful time with others. We'll help create characters (or bring your own) and will be going on adventures. This camp is open to both beginners and experienced players. The majority of this camp will be spent indoors playing D&D, but please note that we will be going outside to local playgrounds for breaks. This has been one of our most popular workshops and due to the nature of the activity, space is extremely limited-- sign up now!

Ages: 8 - 13 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Dates: July 22 - 26
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $450/week (no drop-ins for this camp, sorry). Please contact us for information on financial aid.


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Game Design Summer Camp

Summer Camp Game Design at Brooklyn Apple Academy

Your kids will build and play their own games in a collaborative game design lab. We’ll start off the week by playing and analyzing existing board games, role playing games, and outdoor playground games of their choosing. Then we will build our own games using our imagination, collaborative problem-solving, and tinkering in our wood shop. We’ll also have access to the 3D printer for making our own figures and a letterpress for printing our own cards and tokens. If your child likes to build and play and use their imagination, they will love spending this week of camp with us. Please note: the two age groups will be spending a good deal of time together but will each have a focused counselor working on the needs of those age groups.

Ages: 5 - 7 years old (younger group), 8 - 12 years old (older group)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Dates: August 5 - 9
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Weekly: $450, Drop-In: $100/day. Please contact us for information on financial aid.


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Food Justice Cooking Camp

Food Justice Cooking Camp

We will spend some time discussing where food comes from, the environmental impact of what we eat, and making healthy dietary choices (that are also delicious!) We will then cook some young person friendly food from various cookbooks. In addition to hands on cooking we will spend some time playing in the park and taking field trips to food related sites (community gardens, Museum of Food and Beverage, etc.) This camp was inspired by and will use some information and recipes from the book Protest Kitchen, Fight Injustice, Save The Planet, And Fuel Your Resistance One Meal At A Time. All types of eaters welcome! When registering, please indicate any food allergies, dietary restrictions, or distastes.

Ages: 7 - 12 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Dates: July 8 - 12
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Weekly: $550, Drop-In: $120/day, includes all ingredients. Please contact us for information on financial aid.


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Filmmaking Camp

Filmmaking Camp

Inspired by our student-led Brooklyn Apple TV YouTube channel, we've decided to keep the filmmaking fun going this summer. Interested in silly or serious acting or directing? Or perhaps you want to try out animation or writing a script or music? Come join us for a fun filled week where we'll make just about any movie you can image! Our ten year old Director and twelve year old Editor (who came up with the idea for this camp) will be on-site helping lead the way to us at the Oscars next year! Please note: the two age groups will be spending a good deal of time together but will each have a focused counselor working on the needs of those age groups.

Ages: 5 - 7 years old (younger group), 8 - 12 years old (older group)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Dates: July 29 - August 2
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Weekly: $450, Drop-In: $100/day. Please contact us for information on financial aid.


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Contact Us

contact@voiceofthechildren.nyc   |   908-962-7529

About Us

Alexander Khost

Alexander Khost has been a young people's civil rights advocate for the past twenty-five years as an educator and as a father. He is the co-founder of play:groundNYC, a junkyard playground for children in New York City and was the founder of the Teddy McArdle Free School, a democratic school that was portrayed in the documentary, Approaching the Elephant. He has an MFA from Parsons School of Design, the New School University; a BA from Mason Gross, Rutgers University; and he is a certified K-12 art teacher in New York, where he now works as a facilitator at Brooklyn Apple Academy.

Yoni Kallai

Yoni Kallai started playing in the womb and has never stopped. These days he focuses on physical playing through circus partner acrobatics. Finding out about adventure playgrounds was like finding a home in a cold unhealthy world. Excited to work and play with kids, Yoni is looking forward to learning, teaching, healing and playing along side people of all ages who are interested in riding the roller coaster of life in a fun, intelligent & flexible way.

Mission

Voice of the Children promotes and facilitates activities that advocate young people's civil rights and autonomy. We believe that children should have significant decision-making power over all aspects of their own lives to improve their growth into competent and empathetic individuals who are agents of constructive change.


History

From 1921 to 1941 the Modern School of Stelton, New Jersey published a magazine of the same name, Voice of the Children. Our organization is not officially affiliated with theirs but draws specific inspiration from both their magazine and their school's philosophy. Both the original and the new Voice of the Children magazines contain stories, poems, and news, illustrated by wood and linoleum cuts, written, typeset and printed by children. The original publication was founded under printing teacher Paul Scott and later was supervised by printer Joseph Ishill. The current publication and organization is facilitated by Yoni Kallai and Alexander Khost.

The name Voice of the Children has been re-used with permission by the Trustees of the Friends of the Modern School. Any images of the original Voice of the Children magazine have been reprinted here by the gracious permission of the Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.