Janusz Korczak Assn of the USA Will Hold Phone Conference – March 18, 2014



The Janusz Korczak Association of the USA will have its next meeting on Tuesday, March 18th from 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST (New York time), via conference call. Please call 888-998-2663 and use participant code – 3131820#.


If you are planning to attend the call, please let me know by sending email to shiningmtnny@aol.com. Please include items of interest to you so that I can include them in the agenda.

Tentative agenda for the call:

  • Review of the International Korczak Association 2013 activities and reports,
  • Korczak Exhibit in Spring Valley, NY
  • Preparation for the NJ Teachers’ Conference in the fall
  • Translation of Korczakowo information
  • New books from the Korczak Association of Canada
  • Plans for the second newsletter
  • Plans for the summer 2014
  • Membership update


If you have articles or any other information for our 2nd newsletter, please send them to me by the end of the month. We have few people who are not able to receive emails and we would like to communicate with them via our newsletter.

If this is your first meeting, please send the following information:




Phone Number:

Email Address:

A paragraph about who you are.


If you have friends who may be interested to join us, don’t hesitate to share this invitation with them. The purpose of our meetings is to create a core group of people who are interested in carrying Korczak’s legacy in the USA. We all have a desire to do something with the information we have. By creating a working group, we find support, creative ideas and energy to move the work forward.


For the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA

Mariola Strahlberg





An End-of-the-Year Message from Mariola Strahlberg, President of the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA

Dear Supporters of the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA and Shining Mountain Center for Peaceful Childhood,

End of the year is the time for gratitude and giving. I am grateful that together we are making the world around us a better place for children and adults. A special thank you to our generous supporters for their amazing donations that allowed us to take 4 teenagers to Poland and Switzerland this year.

2013 was a big year for us. Together, we were able to establish Janusz Korczak Association of the USA, create a Facebook and LinkedIn presence, publish our first newsletter, and introduce many new people to Janusz Korczak ‘s educational ideas and our special way of working with children, parents, and teachers.

There is much more coming in 2014. We hope to add many new people to our Korczak Association. We are planning a one day pilot for a Korczak camp in the US, considering to take more Children to Korczak Camp in Poland and Youth Conference in Switzerland during the summer. Thanks to my association with the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition, I will be bringing the Five Star Program © to the Head Start of Rockland, Rockland BOSCES, and Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. Plans are also under way for a one-day workshop for NJ school teachers, sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education to introduce them to Korczak’s pedagogical ideas with specific examples of lesson plans for their classrooms.

The more I learn about Janusz Korczak, the more amazed I am about his insights and the stronger I feel that our work together is of utmost importance. Consider this timely quote that I found on page 142 in “A Voice for the Child,” a collection of inspirational words of Korczak, compiled by Sandra Joseph in 1999:

“Politicians and legislators make rules and decisions about children which often fail to work.
But who asks the child for his opinion or consent?
Who is likely to take note of any advice or approval from such a naïve being?
What can a child possibly have to say?”

At least we can say and show that we do listen to children and try our best to help them. For our work to continue, your generosity is essential. Please consider Janusz Korczak Association in your year-end giving. Rest assures that each of your contributions will help promote knowledge of Korczak and children’ rights in the USA. Please send your tax deductible generous donations to:

Shining Mountain Center
c/o Janusz Korczak Association of the USA
11 Beckett Ct,
Monsey, NY 10952

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful New Year 2014. I look forward to seeing or hearing from all of you soon. To those of you whom I did not meet personally, I look forward to welcoming you in person to our Korczak’s circle in 2014.

For the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA,

Mariola Strahlberg


Invitation to Learn First Hand about Janusz Korczak Association of the USA trip to Korczakowo camp in Poland

The Janusz Korczak Association of the USA invites you to a special presentation in Chestnut Ridge, NY on Saturday, September 21st OR Sunday, October 6th at 2pm.   

Three teenagers and 3 adults from US participated in the Korczak camp in Poland and Initiative for Change Youth Conference in Switzerland from July 14th to July 31st.  We would like to share with you our experiences, lessons learned and our plans for the future.

If you have teenagers and/or educators in your mist, consider letting them know about this event. We have plans to bring more teenagers to Europe in the next few years as well as having a Korczak camp in the USA.


Please let us know if you will be coming by calling (845) 425-7243 or

sending email to shiningmtnny@aol.com.


The gathering will take place at 11 Beckett Ct, Chestnut Ridge, NY.


For the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA

Mariola Strahlberg