project leader
Miquela C
location
890 Garrison Avenue, 4th Floor
The Bronx (Hunts Point)
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the project

Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) is a community organization dedicated to Environmental Justice through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs. Sustainable South Bronx was created to serve as a dedicated mechanism for addressing policy and planning issues, such as land use, energy, transportation, water, waste, education, and most recently, design and manufacturing. SSBx seeks to advance the environmental and economic rebirth of the South Bronx, not only through a range of programs and projects, but also by advocating for progressive public policies.

the steps

In Hunts Point, 30% of the population does not speak any English. To make the program accessible to all high school students, LIFT will be offered in both English and Spanish. The program features innovative multimedia and vocational education for underprivileged youth. It is our goal to enrich each participant to face life's challenges with confidence, competence and dignity.

Participants will receive hands-on training in programs that teach and instill the value of community involvement and civic engagement. Together, they will create and promote more effective approaches to conflict resolution and problem solving for youth. Most importantly, LIFT teaches self-reliance and gives participants the life skills relevant to success as an employee and as a student.

LIFT trains students to shoot and edit videos to complete a short film by the end of the training, data collection, and how to be a field organizer. The program culminates with a lesson on how to use this experience and write about it for job and college applications.

With funding from ioby, participants will spend a week learning about environmental stewardship. This hands-on class will teach the students to identify tree pits, learn and perform general tree stewardship, visit local community gardens, and provide stewardship to area greenroofs.

why we're doing it

LIFT is an innovative, multilingual, urban youth leadership development and training program with a goal of teaching traditionally underserved high school-aged youth from the South Bronx to assume leadership positions to rebuild their communities and become human rights leaders. LIFT is a six week training program where participants learn advocacy techniques, avenues for environment awareness, issues in environmental protection, local and national environmental policy, and sustainable communities through a combination of hands-on multimedia training, data collection and field organizing.

budget

Travel (30 metrocards @ $25 each) $750.00,
Shirts (30 @$15 each) $450.00,
Graduation $500.00,
Supplies, name tags, markers, poster board, etc. $200.00,
Trainings $200.00;
Total 2100.

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