Part of the YouthB.U.I.L.D. Staten Island program model is to give back to our community by participating in projects that gives our students the “hands-on” experience needed to find meaningful employment.
1. Staten Island Zoo’s Pollination Garden
Building Urban Innovative Leadership and Development (B.U.I.L.D), program, developed, planned and constructed a pollination garden, bat boxes, and bird houses, which were installed in partnership with its community sponsor, Con Edison, at the Staten Island Zoo.
The three projects were designed to create safe places for the native wildlife in Staten Island, providing food and shelter as their natural habitats are lost.
“The Staten Island Zoo has had the pleasure of working with the participants of YouthB.U.I.L.D. Staten Island this past year on a community service project here at the zoo! In 2018, YouthB.U.I.L.D. Staten Island assisted the zoo design, build and plant our Pollination Garden.”
— Ken Mitchell, Executive Director
2. Snug Harbor’s Heritage Farm
YouthB.U.I.L.D. Staten Island worked on Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden’s Heritage Farm. The Heritage Farm at Snug Harbor is committed to producing accessible, locally-grown produce for the community.
Part of our work program program initiative, our students participated in planting an acre of raspberries and blueberries at the local farm.
Because Staten Island is the ‘borough of parks’, we highly encourage our students to learn about the importance of horticulture and keeping our green spaces thriving for public use.
This spring, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden was a host site for the participants of YouthB.U.I.L.D. Staten Island’s community service project at the farm. Participants directly seeded, transplanted, thinned and weeded crops that will be ready for harvest in the fall. Many participants returned through NYC Summer Youth Employment Program to further support the vast workload of tasks at the Heritage Farm.
“This partnership yielded many successes, one being the farm was able to hire a YouthB.U.I.L.D. Staten Island participant as a part-time farmer this season. We are fortunate to have YouthB.U.I.L.D. Staten Island in our community!”
- Aileen Chumard Fuchs, President & CEO
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
3. Project Hospitality - El Centro Welcome Center
“Project Hospitality is thankful for the diligent work provided by the B.U.I.L.D Staten Island Youth Program team. The recent painting & remediation project which youth participants had undertaken this summer has refreshed and reinvigorated our Single Stop Office and Outreach Center in Port Richmond. The renovation of this space has created a vibrant and welcoming environment for Project Hospitality’s staff and clients.”
— Christopher Hellstrom, Director of Agency Advancement