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 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.

Tuesday Flying Squad

Tuesday Flying Squad

Flying Squads provide young people with time to practice making their own decisions in a nurturing community of human connections through which they can develop relationships and work on self-confidence with genuine feedback from peers and society.

Tuesday’s Squad focuses primarily on learning through playfulness. Looking at all of the ways that children experiment and test the world by playing, the young people involved learn a bit about themselves while exploring their city with a group of other young adolescents. Tuesdays may be most appropriate for children ages 8-12 or those young people internally focused on play and discovery.

For more information about Flying Squads, please go to: https://www.flyingsquads.org/

Ages: 8 - 12 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 9:00am - 2:45pm
Dates: Tuesdays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Meets at Grand Army Plaza Main Branch Library, dismissal from Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $85/day


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(sign up for this workshop is through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration)

Friday Flying Squad

Friday Flying Squad

Flying Squads provide young people with time to practice making their own decisions in a nurturing community of human connections through which they can develop relationships and work on self-confidence with genuine feedback from peers and society.

Friday’s Squad looks towards the outside world and developing longer term projects concerning social justice and youth rights. This group will be playfully looking at the serious issues of how society impacts them and how they can impact society. Fridays may be most appropriate for children ages 12-16 or those young people externally focused on the world around them.

For more information about Flying Squads, please go to: https://www.flyingsquads.org/

Ages: 12 - 16 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 9:00am - 2:45pm
Dates: Fridays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Grand Army Plaza Main Branch Library
Cost: $85/day


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(sign up for this workshop is through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration)

Dungeons and Dragons - beginner campaign

Dungeons & Dragons (beginner / intermediate campaign)

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. We may switch to other role playing games as the group collectively decides. We will rotate players and DMs and campaigns as the group decides. 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 - 14 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 9:00am - 2:45pm
Dates: Wednesdays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $85/day


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(sign up for this workshop is through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration)

Dungeons and Dragons - advanced campaign

Dungeons & Dragons (advanced campaign)

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 is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign for advanced / serious players. We will develop characters and work on a long term campaign together. 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: 10+ year old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Dates: Tuesdays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $30/day


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Making Art Through Art History

Making Art Through Art History

This is an introduction to art history class through the making of art. Each week we will pick a piece of artwork made in the past and research the history of the piece and/or the artist/time period. Then we will make our own artwork. We will rotate each week picking a piece of artwork and look up and present the history of it. Then we would make our own artwork inspired from the piece we chose. Each person in the class will have the opportunity to select the piece we study (if they so choose). Throughout the year we will make various field trips to museums, the Center for Book Arts, and to meet working artists in their studios.

Ages: 6 - 12 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Dates: Mondays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20/class (includes all materials)


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(sign up for this workshop is through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration)

History of Music

History of Music

This is an introduction to the history of music class. Each week participants are invited to bring in a piece of music that the whole group will listen to. We will then look up and discuss the piece, the artists, and/or the genre of music. We will also take some field trips, including a backstage tour of Lincoln Center and visits to meet some musicians.

Ages: 6 - 12 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dates: Thursdays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20/class


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(sign up for this workshop is through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration)

Filmmaking

Filmmaking

This is an introduction to filmmaking class for young actors, directors and editors. The short videos we make will be uploaded to our Brooklyn Apple TV YouTube channel.

Ages: 6 - 12 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dates: Mondays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $30/class


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(sign up for this workshop is through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration)

Newspaper Club

Newspaper Club

Apple Gazette is student-run newspaper for Brooklyn Apple Academy with both print and online versions of the paper distributed roughly every other month. Aspiring journalists, artists, photographers, and editors are all welcome to get involved.

Ages: 8 - 14 years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Dates: Thursdays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20/class


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(sign up for this workshop is through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration)

Open Studio / Printmaking

Open Studio / Printmaking

The art room will be available to young artists working on individual projects, with the assistance of an art teacher. There will be an emphasis on printmaking (lino, silk screen and a small printing press) and bookmaking, but materials will also be available for drawing, painting, sewing, button making, etc.

Ages: 7+ years old (please be in touch for other ages)
Time: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Dates: Wednesdays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20-40 suggested donation (includes all materials)


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Communal Family Potluck Dinner

Communal Family Potluck Dinner

In an effort to build more community, we are offering a potluck dinner on Wednesday nights (vegan encouraged, vegetarian required). Bring a dish and enjoy meeting your neighbors. Those outside the BAA community also welcome. Family friendly. The first Wednesday meal of each month will additionally have poetry / short story reading after the meal.

Ages: all ages welcome
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Dates: Wednesdays, September - June (following DOE schedule)
Location: Brooklyn Apple Academy, 545 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Free (bring a vegan or vegetarian dish)

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.