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K-6 Grade Garden Growers Got Their Hands Dirty this Spring!

Posted by Steven Affat
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Summer is here! For some, this is a time for graduation, trips to the beach, and depending on your neighborhood, the classic New York City block party where folks come together for BBQs, games of dominoes, and double-dutch on the sidewalk. For NYRP's environmental educators, the beginning of summer signals the end of our spring Garden Growers program.

Our environmental education team aims to introduce hundreds of children a year to New York City’s nature and ecology by turning the city’s parks and community gardens into outdoor classrooms. Since late March, NYRP environmental educators engaged 15 classes across Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn in multiple garden sessions. K-6 grade students met every 2 weeks, for a total of 5 sessions per school; totaling 75 sessions in all! Students joined us outside and got dirty in NYRP garden beds raising vegetables from seed to plate while gaining valuable lessons in environmental science and stewardship.

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#AmeriCorpsWorks: Recognizing Our Corps Members

Posted by Sean Nevins
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Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Read on to learn more about Stephen Buja's experience as a Highbridge Park Environmental Steward.

#AmeriCorpsWorks #GettingThingsDone #ServeTogether

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An AmeriCorps’ Perspective: David Robertson

Posted by Sean Nevins
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We're so grateful for our partnership with AmeriCorps that brings us fabulous, dedicated individuals who love serving the city of New York. This week, we caught up with David Robertson who spends his time in the field cleaning and greening various green spaces throughout the city. Check out what he has to say about serving as an AmeriCorps with NYRP! #Stand4Service

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Life After AmeriCorps: Laura Green

Posted by Sean Nevins
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We're so grateful for our partnership with AmeriCorps that brings us fabulous, dedicated individuals who love serving the city of New York. Some of them even stick around for the long haul! This week, we caught up with Laura Green who is served with NYRP and joined the team full-time as our Corporate Partnerships Assistant. Learn more about her time with AmeriCorps below.

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Serving My City: Life in AmeriCorps as a New Yorker

Posted by Sean Nevins
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We're so grateful for our partnership with AmeriCorps that brings us fabulous, dedicated individuals who love serving the city of New York. This week, we caught up with Elizabeth Oakley who is serving as an Event & Outreach Assistant in our Public Programming department. As a native New Yorker, her perspective on running events with community members is inspiring. Check it out below.

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Life after AmeriCorps: Elaine Markovich

Posted by Anne Tan-Detchkov
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Soon-to-be Community Health Volunteer with Peace Corps Ethiopia, Elaine reflects on her service as AmeriCorps Public Events and Outreach Assistant with us at NYRP. Both positions highlight Elaine’s personal (and selfless) interests: dedicating service and empowering community.

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Life After AmeriCorps: Kelly Doyle

Posted by Sean Nevins
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Kelly Doyle reflects on her AmeriCorps term with NYRP. With a newfound appreciation of NYC green spaces and the dedication it takes to maintain them, Kelly begins her Masters program at City College: Sustainability in the Urban Environment. She hopes to apply her experiences and knowledge to a rich and growing environmental field.

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Jason Sheets

Posted by Sadia Choudhury
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NYRP’s Regional Director for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island

Jason Sheets, peering out from under his ubiquitous Yankees hat, examined a faulty garden gate lock while doing a routine weekly inspection. Now NYRP’s Regional Director for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, Jason manages gardens in all three boroughs while providing help with city-wide projects including tree plantings and restoration projects...

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Bobby Quinones

Posted by Anne Tan-Detchkov
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Staff Views: A Two-Term AmeriCorps Helps Change the City Landscape

As a minivan passed the busy intersection of 165th street and Jerome Avenue, it slowed down and honked at a large group gathered at the bottom of Jerome Slope...

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