Resources for Grownups

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.

In an interview with Embrace Race, child psychologist, Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, said:

“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

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.

Start the Conversation: Civic Duty

The Presidential election is around the corner and all over the news. Talking to our young people about government, politics and civic duty is a big conversation, so let’s start now.

Vote for Our Future

In this video, Caitlyn explains what voting is, the history of voting, and why it’s important. Talking to our young people about government, politics and civic duty is a big conversation, so let’s start now.

What Can a Citizen Do?

In this video, Teaching Artist Caitlyn McCain reads What Can a Citizen Do? By Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris and explores the concept of civic duty. Explore different ways a citizen can help their community.

What Can a Non-Citizen Do?

In our last video, we explored different ways a citizen can help their community. But, what if someone isn’t a citizen? What can a non-citizen do? In this video we explore ways a non-citizen can help their community.

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