Children at the Well

Join Us!

Storytelling program for ages 11-15

Starting January 2023

Being part of Children at the Well is a great opportunity to improve your public speaking, be creative, and meet other cool kids from the Capital Region. We develop a good, supportive working community and help each other gain confidence in front of an audience.

There will be a story concert at the end of the season and other opportunities to tell stories to audiences, for those who wish to do more.

Participant telling her story on a stage

When

Sorry!  Registration for the 2023 program is now closed.  You may register using the link below to be put on a waiting list for the future.

Children at the Well 2023 will run Sunday, January 8th to Sunday, April 2nd, meeting weekly on Sunday afternoons from 3-5:30pm.

Where

Meetings will be held at the Muslim Community Center, 21 Lansing Rd. North,  Schenectady NY 12304

Who

Young people ages 11 to 16, from the Capital Region

Cost

There is no cost to families. Children at the Well is a community supported program.

How

For more info or to join, please contact Program Coordinator Stephanie Ward at childrenatthewell@withourvoice.org or Assistant Coordinator Paula Weiss at paula@withourvoice.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need prior storytelling or theater experience to join?

No. You must be willing to participate, learn, practice your story and be open to meeting and working with people your age who may be different from you.

How old are the kids in C@W?

Participants’ ages generally range from 11 years old to 16 or 17. The older kids may have been in the program in prior years and if so, are happy to help newcomers!

What goes on at a typical C@W meeting?

The story coaches lead an initial check-in with everyone, explain the plan for the day, and launch into activities like whole group learning or acting exercises. The group may then break up into smaller groups or pairs for workshopping. There’s a break for snacks in the middle, and then people regroup for discussion and/or rehearsals. There is always a time for quiet activities like journaling or storyboarding.  

What if the pandemic becomes an issue again?

In 2022, C@W met mostly on Zoom and it worked out well. If needed we will do that again for safety, but we’re hoping to meet in person in January!

This Season at C@W

Children at the Well Program Coordinator and Story Coach Stephanie Ward describes the C@W program and answers questions about the upcoming season.