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 — Fall 2018

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.

We're currently taking a break from offering workshops to work on other wonderful projects through Brooklyn Apple Academy. You can check out what we're up to by going to our young person maintained blog. Please feel free to contact us for more information about future workshops and projects or check back in early 2019.

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.