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.
Facilitators: Antonio Buehler, Ariel Marlowe
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Facilitators: Racquel Smith
Ages: 6-9 (please be in touch about other ages)
Location: Parc Laurier, Montreal
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 us or sign up on our website: http://wildrootscollective.org/
Grand Rapids, MI
Facilitators: Annie Friday
When: Wednesdays, 10am – 2pm
Location: Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
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
Facilitators: Jean Finlay, David O’Connor
When: Wednesdays, 10am – 2pm
Location: Hawthorne Park
Philly Flying Squad is run as a part of Philly ALC, a self-directed independent school, serving full and part-time students. Enrollment is handled by Philly ALC.