Start the Conversation!

The videos, activities and resources on this page are designed to help parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone who has a young person in their life begin challenging conversations about big topics with their young people.

Start the Conversation

Our goal is to create content that makes complex themes/issues accessible to children, while giving their grown-ups tools and language to start a conversation.

There are a lot of big things happening in our world and talking about them with our little ones is not easy! But they are conversations that have to happen and “Starting the Conversation…” offers a place to begin.

“What I encourage all people to do, all grown folks responsible for taking care of kids, is to first begin with the assumption that we do have to talk about what’s going on. That not talking isn’t an option. In part because kids are smarter than we give them credit for. They’re seeing and noticing the world around them even if they’re not watching the news and they’re seeing and they’re understanding our distress and they’re going to make sense of it. So I start first with the premise of you have to talk about it.” 

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, Child Psychologist
Embrace Race podcast

Re-Emerging in the Time of COVID-19

Re-Emerging in the Time of COVID-19

In this video Miss Caitlyn will explore COVID-19 and some of the changes that young people might be experiencing because of it. read more

Anti-Asian Racism

Anti-Asian Racism

In the video, Eric defines key terms like race, racism, and stereotype and encourages young people to think critically about how to identify, challenge and counteract anti-Asian racism. read more

Immigration

Immigration

In this video, Teaching Artist Sindy Isabel Castro creates a framework for grown-ups to begin, or continue, a conversation about immigration with young people. read more

Civic Duty

Civic Duty

In this video, Caitlyn explains what voting is, the history of voting, and why it's important. read more

Race, Racism, and Black Lives Matter

Race, Racism, and Black Lives Matter

This video series is designed to give grownups the tools to have big conversations with young people about race and racism. Miss Caitlyn helps you prepare for the big conversations ahead then NYCCT Teaching Artists Psacoya and Sam use children's literature to help you continue the conversation. read more

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