KC 2022 Kids Convention

Stepping Stones Museum for Children offers a heartfelt thank you to our KC 2022 sponsors, presenters and participants. We hope you enjoyed this empowering, inspiring experience as much as we did!

In today’s ever-changing world, most children will face an experience that strikes a chord in them and makes them long for change. Together, we can give them a voice and a choice!

On Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, children were inspired by youth activities and connected and engaged with children on the other side of the globe during the KC 2022 Kids Convention at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Friday’s experiences were tailored for school-based participants, and Saturday’s experiences were open to the general public.

Presented through the museum’s Healthy Children, Healthy CommunitiesTM initiative with our partners at Connecticut State Department of Education, KC 2022 featured a variety of humanitarian organizations, youth activists and social justice experts that focus on their health, well-being and passion for doing good.

KC 2022 Kids Convention on October 14 and 15

To learn more about the school-based KC 2022 experiences that were held for Friday, October 14th, click here.

October 15 Participant Lineup

Abantu Mu Buntu “People in Harmony” Dance Exchange

Visitors and the museum’s YES2 youth enrichment volunteers were treated to a 30-minute live workshop facilitated by Creative Connections and museum staff, including a live dance exchange with students in Uganda who will perform a traditional dance with singing and drumming. A CT-based dance company will share a modern dance routine. A lively Q&A will be held between students about the significance of sharing cultural traditions as a means to preserve and protect them. The session will end with an invitation for both groups to join in an impromptu dance.

Awakening the Story Within

Award-winning Frieda B. children’s book author Renata Bowers wants every child to know: I matter, I belong, I can. At KC 2022, Bowers engaged participants with a story, then lead them through her trademark Hands Activity to help awaken the one-of-a-kind, free-to-be story within each person. As she says, “Every person’s story has what it takes to make the world a better place.” Participants also will receive materials to create a “Note of Encouragement” to share on a museum mural.

CT Kid Governor and his Cabinet

Connect with the CT Kid Governor and his cabinet and learn how you can be involved! Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste of Windsor was elected by the 5th graders of his state to serve as the 2022 Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Makhi’s one-year term in office is focused on his Protecting Our Pets platform. He and his cabinet joined KC 2022 to share their platforms, answer questions and encourage attendees to get involved. The mission of the Connecticut Democracy Center is to inspire people of all ages to engage in civic life and strengthen their communities.

Activists were available to answer questions and share information!

The Merry Rockers

All enjoyed this live “Reggaebility” performance from NYC-based Reggae band, The Merry Rockers. Lead singer Marissa Lelogeais inspires audiences with her songwriting and belief that all people, including those with “alter abilities,” should go after their dreams, no matter the obstacles. “Never give up on your dreams. You may think that your dream is unattainable. Believe me, I did,” said Lelogeais. “But when you’re determined enough and have people that support you, anything is possible.”

Sikorsky STEM Challenge and HeliVenture Program Experience

Attendees had the opportunity to connect with students who have participated in the Sikorsky Aerospace Engineering Company’s STEM Challenge, a real-life engineering experience in the form of a project given by Sikorsky. Additionally, there will be demonstrations of a simple auto rotator and explanation of the basics of helicopter flight held throughout the day.

Pet Advocacy with Mutt-i-grees

With the help of museum mascot BooZoo, YES2 volunteers who are trained Mutt-i-grees student ambassadors presented the popular curriculum offered twice a week at the museum. Learn about the importance of adoption, how to safely approach dogs you don’t know and read to a pup that is eager to hear your voice!

Stepping Stones is an official designated National Demonstration Site for the PreK – Grade 12 program that uses the natural affinity between children and animals to build SEL skills while promoting support and appreciation for shelter pets and their adoption. A Norwalk PAWS representative will be on hand with information about how to get involved.

SCAN Network

Youth activists Genevieve Canter and Izzy Mulhall shared information about the volunteer work they do with SCAN – the political advocacy arm of Save the Children – which acts as a “political voice for kids.”

During this year’s Kids Convention, Genevieve and Izzy talked about their experiences as student advocates for SCAN and the story that inspired them to dedicate their time to actively inspire others to protect and fight for the rights of children both in the United States and all around the world. They invited children in attendance to draw and/or write a petition to the CT governor Ned Lamont and legislators to continue supporting the most vulnerable families and children in CT by addressing childhood hunger in the state, as well as by providing access to affordable and quality childcare for every household in need.

Genevieve and Izzy are students at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, CT. Both are current presidents of the SCAN/Save the Children Student Club at their high school and have been actively carrying on different advocacy and fundraising activities on behalf of children everywhere.

Jack and the Beanstalk Performance by Rising Stars Performing Arts

Performers from the Norwalk-based non-profit, Rising Stars Performing Arts, put on a lively, operatic rendition of the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.

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