“I loved seeing her smile and ask to return to Saturdays@BFS. She came back with new information, while talking about new friends and all the fun she had. There was always a balance between the songs and dances she playfully made up with new friends, and the history based and social justice songs or stories that she learned. For example, she came home with a newly formed opinion on election coverage and still talks about the story of John Henry. This was certainly a great opportunity for her to enjoy herself, learn about the past, and social change today, all with an organic natural balance. Before this program, her Saturdays were rarely so productive.
– Mother of 8-Year-Old Session 1 Participant


January 28
February 4, 11
March 4, 11, 18, 25

9:00am – 1:00pm

$350 for the 7 Saturdays, plus $20 materials fee

Saturdays@BFS is a seven week intensive introduction to the principles of social justice and democratic participation for students ages 5-13. Young people will join experienced BFS leadership staff in creating a safe, fun, and creative space to engage in a functioning democratic community. Sessions will provide opportunities for young people to learn from activists in racial and gender justice as well as educators with decades of experience in democratic education. Students will learn from a mixed age group of young people and experienced teachers, take trips, and build community.

Participants have a vote in the democratic decision making process and gain skills valuable as they grow into active participants in their communities. Students will:
  • build community
  • gain leadership skills
  • strengthen empathy and self knowledge
  • grow confidence in expressing their unique voice

Brooklyn Free School has a 12 year history of serving youth in Brooklyn and the greater NYC area. Our programs are especially supportive in the leadership development of students commonly underserved in conventional school models, particularly students with learning differences, young people of color, girls, LGBTQIA and gender non-conforming youth.

This program will be grounded in our mission statement and seeks a diverse group of young people who have spirited personalities to share with the world.