Kite’s Nest is a center for liberatory education in Hudson, NY. We create safe and supportive learning environments that nurture the confidence, skills, joy, and collective leadership of young people while building justice and equity in our communities.
We do this by:
Providing innovative classes and programs that engage children and teenagers in creative expression and critical inquiry.
Collaborating with diverse youth, families, and organizations to build local movements for social justice, food justice, and community wellness.
Building opportunities for learning-in-action, in which young people are creating meaningful change in their communities.
We teach to provide much-needed spaces of hope, healing, and safety for youth to engage in relevant and joyful learning; to support young people in finding their own meaningful paths forward, and to contribute to radically positive personal, social and structural transformation.
We opened our doors in 2013. Read more to learn about our:
Innovative classes and programs for children and teenagers
We run multidisciplinary, project-based workshops for children and teenagers during the day, after-school, and on weekends. Each season we gather tools, materials, and people around a particular theme: our workshops have explored urban planning, traditional wooden boat-building, potion-making, creative writing, journalism, textile arts, cartography, agroecology, culinary artistry and more. As educators we listen closely to the sparks of interest and enthusiasm of the young people we’re working with, and support them in making choices about the inquiries they’d like to follow and the projects they’d like to pursue. At Kite’s Nest children and teenagers have the opportunity not only to be agents in their own education, but to be agents in the world: to critically engage with real-world issues and systems, to work with a broad range of adult mentors and peers, and to step up as leaders and change-makers within their community. Our workshops and programs serve a wide range of youth, ages 6-17. Kite’s Nest is open to all, and we are committed to making our workshops accessible to all families, regardless of income. See our current calendar here, and read more about the principles of our learning environment here.
River City Garden
The River City Garden is a community garden and sustainability education site on 59 North Front Street in Hudson. Through workshops and community events, we creatively engage children and teenagers in the skills and methods of growing food, in thinking critically about the impact of global food systems on our communities, and in stepping up as leaders in the development of local sustainable food systems. By working to build an intergenerational, multicultural public garden and education site, we give youth the opportunity to engage with gardeners and community members of all ages and from different cultural backgrounds, and to participate in positive and equitable neighborhood development. More on the River City Garden here.
The Alimentary Kitchen is our on-site kitchen at Kite’s Nest, serving as a classroom for children and teenagers, and a certified commercial kitchen for community dinners and special events. The Alimentary Kitchen promotes and encourages the health and autonomy of young people through workshops that integrate food-craft, nutrition, herbalism, food preparation, processing, and food-traditions. Our workshops create opportunities for young people to work alongside professional chefs as students and apprentices, engaging in real-world exchange. The Alimentary Kitchen serves as a place of encounter, where people can trade knowledge and skills, across cultures and between generations, and share in the simple pleasure of an extraordinary meal. More on the Alimentary Kitchen here.
Community-building and Organizing
At Kite’s Nest we connect the dots between youth empowerment, racial justice, creative expression and community wellness. In addition to providing meaningful youth programs, Kite’s Nest is part of a strong network of organizations working to address the systems that impact the lives of children and families in Hudson. Our impact goes far beyond the classroom: we organize parades and protests; work with local agencies and institutions to address inequity in the child welfare and juvenile justice system; show up at town meetings and speak on panels; and run trainings for educators and social service providers.
We see young people as vital leaders in creating safe, healthy and just communities. By supporting the collective leadership of youth to address the root causes of injustice and inequity, together we can transform ourselves and the world around us.
We also know that the best way to teach children and teenagers principles of mutual aid, self-direction, and communication are to model these principles as an adult community of teachers and learners. We work to support the educators teaching at Kite’s Nest, adult practitioners in our community, and the parents and families of the children we work with.
Kite’s Nest is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations to Kite’s Nest are 100% tax deductible.