What Is The Symposium On Raising Socially Conscious Children?
Raising socially conscious children is about helping kids at every age to be socially aware, empathetic, and educated; it's about empowering them to be dependable friends, compassionate leaders, and involved members of their community - and it takes a village to make that a reality.

At the first-ever Symposium on Raising Socially Conscious Children on April 29, 2018, experts offered inspiration and tangible tools to help parents raise children who recognize their ability and obligation to make our world better. See below for workshop descriptions and handouts from the Symposium.


Parenting Workshops

Building Empathy, Raising Upstanders
Katie Leo, Facing History and Ourselves
How can we help our children see themselves as upstanders and expand the circles they care for - from close family and friends to the new student in class, the person who works in the school cafeteria, someone who lives in a distant part of the world? Together, participants will explore how literature serves as both a window and as a mirror -- providing children an opportunity to see into the lives of others, while also helping them consider their own ability to make choices in the world.

Click here to read the handout
Click here to view the powerpoint

Evaded Issues: How to Address Tough Topics
Pippi Kessler
If you’ve ever heard a child ask a tough question, make a homophobic or racist comment, or bully others, you might have wanted to run from the situation rather than address it — and you’re not alone! In this workshop, we’ll explore why it can be difficult to respond, and share tools to help you take action. This session is an opportunity to gain support or the many issues that can be difficult to address when working with young people, such as harassment and bullying, racism, sexuality and relationships, gender bias, gender identity, and sexual identity, and substance abuse. You'll leave with a concrete set of tools and techniques to try.

Click here to read about identity issues
Click here to read the inhibition checklist
Click here to read about critical incidents
Click here to read about strategies for evaded issues

Making Meaningful Community Service with Children
Rachel Figurasmith, Repair the World
Explore what it means to repair the world in this reflective and hands-on workshop that helps to get your family active in meaningful service. We'll learn best practices on how to engage in community service, explore challenges that are unique to engaging in service with young children, and unpack ways to continue difficult conversations beyond the service experience.

Click here to read the handout

I Am Me: Gender Development & Expression
Megan Madison
In this workshop, parents and family members will learn about and discuss gender development in young children. Through exploration of how rigid gender roles and stereotypes can limit children's growth and self-expression, participants will collectively develop and role-play strategies to support children in an expansive development of identity. We will also discuss ways to limit the perpetuation of gender stereotypes as well as engaging around both gender conforming and non-conforming expression. Participants will have the opportunity to work on the specific challenges and questions they have with their young people as well as share strategies and develop a shared language for future discussions.

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Woke Despite the Nap
Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow
How can we best engage our children in the issues of today? As Rabbi Tarfon said, “You are not expected to complete the task, but neither are you free to avoid it” (Ethics of our Fathers 2:21). In this workshop, we will pursue a systematic approach to raising socially conscious children of all ages by exploring Positive Psychology and prioritizing our values as parents. Based on that foundation, we will develop approaches to communicating these values to children of different ages. You'll leave with an expanded toolkit of language and strategies so you feel empowered to share meaningful values-based conversations with your children.

Click here to read feelings matrix
Click here to read the Inside Out Emotions Map
Click here to read our text source sheet

Talking about Race: Raising Children for Racial Justice
Border Crossers
This workshop provides parents with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Participants will learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children. Border Crossers’ mission is to train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities.

Click here to read Children Are Not Colorblind
Click here to read The Lens of Systemic Oppression
Click here to read The Parents Workbook


This program is made possible by a generous engagement grant from PJ Library. Sign up at pjlibrary.org/NewYork to receive the gift of free Jewish bedtime stories and songs each month!

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