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Witness & Welcome Teen Democracy Camp at Ethical June 27-July 1

By May 18, 2023June 27th, 2023No Comments
Ethical Culture Community! YOU are welcome
to witness and appreciate…. sixty teens from all boroughs who are coming to ETHICAL NYC to study civic engagement and develop their ethical identity in our very own HOME of ethical growth!  Ethical’s Youth Programming is hosting  YVote/Next Generation Politic, a week-long program of  free and stipended peer-led  programming:  June 27-July 1st!
Special Thanks to Ethical Culture member Elinore Kaplan for her passionate interest in this project, which she learned about from the League of Women Voters who gather here at Ethical… for planting the seed for teens to engage in Democracy Camp at Ethical NYC.
DEAR Ethical Community ~ you are especially welcome to come enjoy the opening and closing ceremonies of this growthful week: For planning purposes, you may RSVP to
WRAP UP SHARE:  Saturday, July 1st, at 3:30 pm afternoon show and share
You are also welcome to browse the materials below and learn more about the camp and its community.  If you see a session you would like to visit, again, just drop a note to and come on over. The connection of our Ethical membership to young ethical development in our midst is so valuable.
In this program, students will have opportunities to learn more about: 
  •   creating a stronger and healthier democracy
  •   engaging with diverse perspectives and peers
  •   developing advocacy and activism skills.

Special for Ethical MEMBERS: 

A. Here is a schedule overview for the week.   If you would like to join the group in process for a short visit during the week, you may! Again, simply RSVP to

B. Here is a rationale about the underpinnings of Democracy Camp, and LOOK!   here are photos and quotes for the first half of this summer’s Democracy Campers 

Meet Ethical Intern Helena

Ethical is also very proud to sponsor an intern, Helena Gelman, who will play the role of THE YOUTH JOURNALIST, offering us and the world access to an inner view on the process unfolding.

YVote’s Democracy Camp

YOUTH become part of the democratic solution through Democracy Camp,

It’s a weeklong in-person intensive engaging diverse teens from across NYC in analyzing the history and current state of our democracy, investigating specific challenges of our times (for ex, voting rights or racial injustice), designing Democracy Proposals to tackle the challenges you’ve identified, making recommendations about how to work across differences to create inclusive civic solutions, and creating action plans to implement with peers over the 2022-23 school year.

Democracy Camp will be conducted at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 64th St in Manhattan. It will start with an orientation and community building on Tues, June 27 from 4:30-7:30PM and will then run the rest of the week from 11AM-5PM through Sat, July 1 with an extended evening of fun and festivity on Thurs, June 29 from 5-8PM. Participants will qualify for a stipend of up to $250 for full and engaged participation. Apply ASAP at


YVote/Next Generation Politics is a NYC-based youth civic engagement nonprofit founded by youth and adult allies in the aftermath of the 2016 election. We bring socioeconomically, racially, and politically diverse high schoolers together to grapple with complex civic issues and current events in order to become informed, engaged citizens and leaders within your schools and communities. We focus on perspective-taking, critical thinking, and civil discourse to create the generational change we need.

Special Thanks to Ethical Culture member Elinore Kaplan for her passionate interest in this project… for planting the seed for teens to engage in Democracy Camp at Ethical NYC.

Note:  Ethical looks forward to continuing to host the invigorated ethical growth of teens through TEEN CLUBS in the fall.  To receive notifications of updates about NYSEC’s youth and teen programming, reach out to


Audrey Kindred

Audrey Kindred leads programming for youth and families at Ethical NYC

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