The Blue Star Youth Movement
Founded in 2001, the goal of the Blue Star Youth Movement is to provide a safe place for teens and children to develop self-expression through creative arts, with adult guidance and companionship. Programs and workshops seek to support, add value to, and enhance the life experience of children at a crucial time of their growth into adulthood. Teachers and parents volunteer their time to share their expertise and lead afterschool programs, field trips, and community service projects.
Activities take place monthly, with a focus on arts, nature, environmental education, and community service-oriented events designed for children ages 8-14. Advance registration is required.
Blue Star Fall Activities
9/19 (Friday) 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Westchester)
Blue Star Youth Movement: Activities take place monthly (generally Fridays and some weekends) with arts, nature and community service-oriented activities designed for children ages 8-12. Advance registration is required.
This week: Bike Ride on the Hudson River Walk! Join us as we explore the bike and walking path along the Hudson River in Croton. We meet at the parking area at Croton Landing. Parents and siblings of all ages are welcome to participate this time, as there is plenty of space for strollers, scooters, tricycles, bicycles or walking. Dogs on leashes are also allowed. This event is free! (In case of rain, the activity will be postponed.)
10/17 (Friday) 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Yorktown Hts., NY (Westchester)
Blue Star Youth Movement: Activities take place monthly (generally Fridays and some weekends) with arts, nature and community service-oriented activities designed for children ages 8-14. Advance registration is required. This week: Hike at Hunterbrook Preserve! Join us as we explore the creek and ancient trees, and discover hidden treasures along the Quest trail created by the Westchester Land Trust.
We meet at the trailhead parking on Fox Tail Lane. This event is free! (In case of rain, the activity will be postponed.)
11/14 (Friday) 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Yorktown Hts., NY (Westchester)
Something Good in the World's Blue Star Youth Movement: Activities take place every other Friday, and some weekends, with arts, nature and community service-oriented activities designed for children ages 8-12. Advance registration is required.
This week: Energy of Youth Benefit Concert and Potluck Dinner at the home of Rabia and Paul Nagin in Pomona, NY! Every year, the Blue Star members have helped to raise money for and awareness of the need for alternative energy resources and sustainable living. This year's concert will include a wide range of musical styles, and skilled Blue Star members are invited to perform or help out with the concert behind the scenes. Blue Star members may attend the show free of charge!
3/7 (Saturday) Noon – 1pm
Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Westchester)
Backyard Maple Sugaring - Every year we invite the Blue Stars, their parents and siblings to join us to help with our backyard maple sugaring in our Children’s Peaceful Garden. This process takes place indoors and outdoors. Participants will help us gather the sap from the trees, then taste test fresh sap, boiled sap, and our own maple syrup. Learn all about how to make your own maple syrup and the health benefits of this amazing, seasonal, local, natural sweetener! This workshop is free of charge. Dress for the weather. For more information about the Blue Star Youth Movement or to RSVP: 914-217-9249 or email@example.com.
4/19 (Sunday) Noon – 1pm
Cortlandt Manor, NY (Westchester)
Annual Trash Clean-Up Along The Croton Reservoir! - This is the 34th annual community event, and for the Blue Star, it will be the 15th year in a row that we have engaged in this community service project! We meet at the corner of Croton Ave. and Baptist Church Rd. in Cortlandt Manor, and the DEP provides us with trash bags. They also control the traffic and pick up the trash bags we collect. Bring your own gloves. It's a great team effort, and afterwards we go and celebrate with a picnic at a local park. All ages are welcome to come along and help too. This event is free! For more information about the Blue Star Youth Movement or to RSVP: 914-217-9249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5/2, 5/3 (Saturday & Sunday) Noon – 4pm
Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Westchester)
Children’s Peaceful Garden Open Work Weekend - Come and join us for our annual Children’s Peaceful Garden Open Work Weekend! All ages are invited to help us weed and prepare the soil for the native plant and flower gardens, plant new perennials and vegetables, and use the seesaw to pump water from the wetland pond to water our gardens! Children can also enjoy the old-fashioned tire swing, visit the free-ranging chickens, and just enjoy an afternoon in nature. Bring along gardening tools, work gloves, and pack a picnic lunch. Donations of native plants, herbs and flowers are welcome. This event is FREE! For more information about the Blue Star Youth Movement or to RSVP:914-217-9249 or email@example.com.
6/5 (Friday) 1pm – 4pm
Cold Spring, NY (Putnam)
"Classroom on the Waves," aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater! - This will be our eighth year making this amazing, beautiful, and educational trip. There is a $20 per person requested donation to participate in the 3-hour sail, which includes all kinds of great activities to promote environmental awareness, sustainable living, and understanding of the historic value of the Hudson River. This trip is open only to children 9 years and older. Parents are welcome. Advance Registration required: 914-217-9249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.