Ethics For Children, Tweens & Teens

Here, young humans empower their ethical development, create life-long freindships, and stand up with care and courage for a GOOD WORLD in action.

Fall Season at NYSEC


Ethics For Children, Coming of Age and Ethics For Teen Leaders are programs at NYSEC.

NYSEC is New York Society for Ethical Culture 

Welcome to NYSEC where 
we grow Ethics together.
REACH OUT with your branches
 ...by actively inviting the people you know 
and enjoy to come on over to NYSEC.
Send links on Facebook, email and talk talk talk. 
Ethics in NYC grows through 
Ethical Education!

  • Come join ethical explorations at New York Society For Ethical Culture.  Our ethical explorations span a life time of ethical learning and growing with programs and forums for all. Ethics For Children (described below) focuses on programming for SCHOOL-AGED children. For double-digit-aged young-learners, you might like to check out our Coming of Age program and Teen Deed Club.  For adult forums, please explore the website of NYSEC.
  • Ethical Culture:  All of NYSEC's programs are rooted in the humanist values of a the Ethical Culture movement.  There are Ethical Culture centers in many cities, each with its own local flavor and style.   A guiding precept  "DEED OVER CREED" offers a good taste of what is held dear in the movement at large. The Ethical Education programs we create are based on the universally sound values of human worth, mutual respect, compassionate inquiry and joyful wonder.  We respect diversity of people's personal inspirations, while holding ETHICS as the common ground at the center of creating community.  All religious beliefs are held in respect, while we see ETHICS as an important component of all lives on Earth, the principle at the center of concern for the HUMAN FAMILY.
  • Overview of Ethics For Children:  At the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), September through June, children of all ages (suggested: between the ages of 3-12) convene on Sunday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m,  on the 5th floor at 2 W. 64th Street, New York City.  This allows family guardians to simultaneously experience the Ethical Culture Morning Meeting, in the 4th floor Ceremonial Hall, if they so choose. While we organize our programming on a seasonal basis, visitors are always welcome.  
  • Group projects cultivate collaborative skill building, mutual appreciation and a warm sense of belonging and community. We weave values, creativity, and action together in a multi-age experience of the human family. Through games such as “the wonder game” and “put-up tag” children get to know each other at NYSEC. Through seasonal projects of craft, deed, movement, song and play, children together co-create the utter and authentic coolness of ethical learning.
  • Fall Season Plan of Ethics For Children: Upcoming in the Fall season of 2014, Ethics For Children offers a season based on these themes: ETHICAL BODY -- KIND MIND.  This focus offers a grounding base of social emotional tools for compassionate friendship building and problem solving.  Led by program director, Audrey Kindred, with a rotation of visiting guest artists, this season will include movement, mindfulness practices, nature based arts, and social action. As the natural world moves from heat toward coolness, we will have multiple opportunities for good deeds (join NYSEC's deed of the month: People's Climate March), and celebrations (Happy Bones Fest, Thanks & Giving Gathering, Winter Festival).
  • It is a wonderful season to dive into Ethical Culture programming, as Ethical Culture energies are charged with the new national educational leadership of Dale McGowan, a renowned humanist writer of many parenting books about raising children and cultivating the world BEYOND BELIEF.  This notion of being in a world that respects belief, but collectively works in the more common ground of all people, beyond belief, is very exciting for peace-building in a diverse world.  In November, families will get a chance to workshop with Dale McGowan and other teachers and parents involved with the Ethical Culture diaspora, by participating in a weekend long Ethical Education Retreat just north of NYC. Please put November 7-9 on your calendar.