Who We Are
Kids Passport to Adventure’s mission is to provide children and families the opportunities to explore nature as a means of developing life-tools for wellness and empathetic awareness to others.
KPTA wants to show families their impact on and contribution to the environment and their interdependent relationship with the natural world.
KPTA supports growth and encourages the development of explorers and discoverers of all ages.
Meet Our Adventurers
Crystal Williams, FOUNDER & CKA (CHIEF KIDS ADVENTURISTA)
Crystal Williams has been involved in education for many years in both private and public schools. She has worked in a number of specialized schools for at risk children and kids with special needs. Frustrated with the lack of support, Crystal helped found a progressive public school, utilizing her educational and practical experience within the field. The school boasts an inclusive learning environment, a bilingual curriculum for all students, and an incredible program of activities. Outside of classes, the students are free to join a robust selection of extracurricular activities such as girl scouts (boys are welcome) and basic farming along with many other clubs.
Crystal's most recent project, Kids Passport to Adventure, combines all of her distinct experiences in education and progressive methodology to form a practical, hands-on format that supplements traditional classroom learning.
Aja Gilles, Creative Director
Since 2006, Aja Gilles has divided her time between various youth and biology organizations including the SCA, Christodora, Manice, and Central Park Conservancy. When she saw New York City students immerse themselves in these programs, she became inspired.
Students that were previously restricted to a rigid classroom environment truly blossomed in a nontraditional educational setting. Aja realized a hands-on approach made students more curious and genuinely interested in the curriculum; it was essential for as many children to have this opportunity as possible. She welcomed Kids Passport to Adventure as an option afforded to all kids.
Currently, Aja also works in the costume industry on tv shows such as Marvel’s Luke Cage, Blue Bloods, Power, Blindspot, and commercials for Volkswagen, Hello Fresh, Progresso, and more.
Ely Moskowitz, Business Development Consultant
Ely Moskowitz has worked with some of the best PR and Media firms in the country and is a business consultant for non-profit organizations. He currently works as a specialist for Unison Media, an entertainment service company that provides full service PR, marketing, social media as well as content production to high profile clientele. Additionally, he has over a decade of tutoring experience working for private prep companies and teaching all ages from middle school to university. Ely’s passion for education and business development made him a natural addition to the KPTA team.
NATY RAMALLO, INTERN
Natalia Ramallo moved to New York from Argentina. She is pursuing her BA in International Studies with a concentration in Culture and Communications and a minor in Anthropology. She also earned an AA in Communication Studies from BMCC. Passionate about cultures, social justice, and gender equality New York City has been the perfect place to live and learn.
In her free time, Natalia loves taking her son to explore new places. She also loves whale watching and dancing Sabar, a West African dance.