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Fall 2021

Flying Squads focus on learning through playfulness but also address the topics of social justice and youth rights. We use the power of play to examine the serious issue of how society impacts young people and how youth can impact society. By experimenting with and testing the world through playing, the young people involved learn a bit about themselves while exploring their city with a group of other young adolescents.

Flying Squad Locations:
Austin, TX | Seattle, WA | Portland, OR | South Brooklyn, NY | Central Brooklyn, NY | Key West, FL | Montreal, QB |Dallas, TX | Grand Rapids, MI | Northeast Georgia Mountain, GA


Austin, TX

Facilitators: Antonio Buehler, Ariel Marlowe
When: TBA
Ages: 5-18
Location: TBA
Contact: austin@flyingsquads.org

Austin Flying Squads are run as a part of Abrome ALC, a Self-Directed Education community that is an alternative to conventional schooling and dominant culture. Enrollment is done through Abrome’s application process.


Seattle, WA

Facilitator: Susan Milton
When: Monday 12:30-3:30pm, Wednesday 1-4pm. Come to one day or both.
Ages: Around 12 to around 18
Location: Various locations
Contact: seattle@flyingsquads.org

Portland, OR

Facilitators: Bria Bloom, Niall Giblin, David Jacobo

Monday Flying Squad
When: Mondays, 10am-3pm
Ages: 13-17 (please be in touch about other ages)
Location: Hollywood Library in Portland
Contact: portland@flyingsquads.org

Wednesday or Thursday Flying Squad
When: Wednesday or Thursday, 10am-3pm
Ages: 8-12 (please be in touch about other ages)
Location: Wilshire Park in NE Portland
Contact: portland@flyingsquads.org

Portland Pricing Information Please see this page to read about our pricing. Sign-up here.

For those interested, we will also have an optional 2-hour online session each week, during which we will be chatting and playing FairPlay, a fun, open-world role-playing game.


South Brooklyn (Sunset Park), NY

Facilitator: Karen Duek
When: TBA
Ages: 7-11
Location: TBA
Contact: southbrooklyn@flyingsquads.org

The Brooklyn Flying Squads are run as a part of Brooklyn Apple Academy, a homeschooling coop. And so, enrollment is done through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration.


Central Brooklyn (South Slope), NY

Facilitators: Younger group: Noah Mayers, Older group: Alexander Khost
When: Younger Group: TBA, Older group: Tuesday 9-1, Thursday 9-1
Ages: Younger Group: 7-11, Older group: 12-16
Location: Younger Group: TBA, Older group: Grand Army Plaza, Central Branch Library
Contact: brooklyn@flyingsquads.org

The Brooklyn Flying Squads are run as a part of Brooklyn Apple Academy, a homeschooling coop. And so, enrollment is done through the Brooklyn Apple Academy registration.


Key West, FL

Facilitators: Rhonda Saunders
When: TBA
Ages: 10-17
Location: TBA
Contact: keywest@flyingsquads.org

Living on a small chain of islands poses some unique challenges, but like all Flying Squads, ours is fueled by fun, trust, and learning through freedom from excessive unsolicited adult intervention into our time together. Life, especially for tweens and teens, can feel painfully prescribed, so KWFS enjoys the simple but crucial freedom to hang out together–gaming, chatting, planning, eating, crafting, walking, swimming, fishing, naturally building our sense of community and responsibility to each other.

And with social justice (including youth rights) as a founding value of Flying Squads, we seek out local opportunities to support causes for justice. The island of Key West is well-known for its motto of “One Human Family,” but KWFS members know that many of our island and world neighbors still struggle mightily against discrimination. That means you might find us participating in peaceful protests, marches, and parades in Key West, or otherwise being visible in the Lower Keys community as youth who understand well that none of us are free until all of us are free.

By testing and experimenting with the world through a lens of playfulness and inclusivity, we learn about ourselves while further developing a sense of ownership and responsibility to care for our island community and our world.


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Montreal, QB

Facilitators: Racquel Smith
When: TBA
Ages: 6-9 (please be in touch about other ages)
Location: Parc Laurier, Montreal
Contact: montreal@flyingsquads.org

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Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Facilitators: Cassidy Younghans, Sam Flores
When: TBA (Starting September 2021)
Ages: 6-18, Younger Group: 6-9yrs old Older Group 10-18yrs old
Location: TBA- Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Contact: dallas@flyingsquads.org

Contact us or sign up on our website: http://wildrootscollective.org/


Grand Rapids Flying Squad

Grand Rapids, MI

Facilitators: Annie Friday
When: Wednesdays, 10am – 2pm
Ages: 11-16
Location: Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: grandrapids@flyingsquads.org

Grand Rapids Pricing Information: $20 per day – if cost is at all prohibitive, please reach out to us. Admissions is run through Blue Bridge ALC, please visit their website to apply: bluebridgeschool.com


Northeast Georgia Mountain, GA

Facilitators: Jeana Jones
When: TBA
Ages: TBA
Location: TBA
Contact: negeorgia@flyingsquads.org