Harlem Youth Gardener Program - Youth Education and Career Building During the Ongoing Pandemic
Organization: Friends of Morningside Park Inc.
Project Name: Harlem Youth Gardener Program - Youth Education and Career Building During the Ongoing Pandemic
Project ID: 159
Neighborhood/Communities that the project will serve: CB Manhattan 10 (Central Harlem)
Project Description: The Harlem Youth Gardener (HYG) Program is a highly successful program that began in the summer of 2020 to give local Harlem Youth the opportunity to work and learn job skills in horticulture and gardening in their local Harlem Parks. The program provided part-time (16 hours per week) employment for 22 teens and two coordinators over the summer of 2020 and transitioned to a 12 person team with one coordinator in the fall of 2020. The HYG crew worked with and learned from the NYC Dept. of Park and Recreation Gardeners in the four Historic Harlem Parks (Jackie Robinson, Marcus Garvey, St. Nicholas and Morningside). The program is administered by the Friends of Morningside Park. This grant would allow us to continue with a six person crew with one coordinator between May 3 and June 25, 2021n (8 weeks) as we continue to seek additional funding to again employ a larger crew over the summer of 2021.