The Society offers programs for youth and families including Ethics for Children Sunday School, Teen Leadership and Ethical Parenting.
All youth and family programs at NYSEC strive to explore values such as integrity, honesty, responsibility, courage and commitment. Affirm the value and uniqueness of each individual. Promote knowledge and celebration of the diversity among people. Inspire social responsibility toward individuals, groups and our environment.
For more information about programming for youth and families, please contact Yalitza Garcia.
Young Ethical Explorers - Ethics for Children Humanist Sunday School
As a parent, you recognize a need for your children to develop a moral/ethical compass. Our Ethics for Children Program focuses on development of the moral reasoning process, something our children can use in myriad ways every day. Through stories, discussions, service projects, field trips and art activities, we encourage the exploration of ideas and issues in a safe, inclusive environment. We also encourage FUN! Visit the Young Ethical Explorers blog here!
The Goals of the Ethics For Children Program are:
- To explore values such as integrity, honesty, responsibility, courage and commitment.
- To affirm the value and uniqueness of each individual.
- To promote knowledge and celebration of the diversity among people.
To inspire social responsibility towards individuals, groups and our environment.
To develop a child's identity as part of a community.
- To learn about those ethical teachings which are common to the world's religions.
We take a respectful view of all belief systems and children are encouraged to share their family traditions. Children in the program are occasionally asked to participate in Society celebrations such as the Winterfest and Founders Day.
Though it is not required, please consider the benefits of becoming a member. More important than the reduced fees for this program and other activities and programs at the Society, you become part of a supportive community.
Coming of Age
Families of NYC youth are invited to enroll their children in our coming-of-age program, whose guiding principle is to provide a safe and creative environment and grounding so that every individual can blossom within community. Coming-of-age is traditionally a young person's transition from childhood to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes place varies in society, as does the nature of the transition. It can be a simple legal convention or can be part of a ritual as practiced in many societies and religions. In our diverse community, we welcome young people who are looking for an opportunity to mark their life-path with a process and celebration focused on self-inquiry and world awareness, personal responsibility and community service. In recognition that children mature at different rates, the age range is relatively wide. We meet with children and parents to determine when a child is ready. The curriculum is geared to the needs of the individual and family. With a humanist anchor, we will explore a world of ideas and values together. Go to our Coming of Age Blog for more details.
Teen Ethical Leadership Program
Teens are especially social beings and need safe and creative environments in which to experience relationships. NYSEC offers that opportunity to NYC teens in a number of ways. In the larger Ethical Culture framework, teen gatherings are referred to as YES for Youth in Ethical Societies – or “Yes, you can make a difference!” Once a month, on first Sunday afternoons, teens meet at NYSEC. Monthly Friday evening activities will start in October. They are also invited to attend Sunday morning community gatherings at 11 am and join members for lunch. By arrangement, we also welcome teens to act as helpers for our Sunday morning Ethics for Children programming, thereby earning high school community service credits.