Mandatory Meeting and Training for Summer Youth Employment Program/HEALTH for Youths Team!


Hello everyone! We are having a mandatory meeting and mandatory training for any students participating in our Summer Youth Employment Program. Links to sign up for both are attached. The training will be done by our friends at MillionTreesNYC. If you are interested in being on our team but have not signed up yet, please register and we can put in you touch with Brian Licata of SYEP. Huge thank you to Brian for all his help!

Link to registration for mandatory meeting:

Link to registration for mandatory training:

By the way you can still sign up for SYEP but the deadline is TODAY (5/17):

T.E.L.L at Markham Reading Program – Spotlight on Website


The reading program will turn 2 years old on June 6th and to honor that we have made it the spotlight on our website. Please click on the link below to read more:

Upcoming Programs, Events and Projects!


Please click on the link below to see all our upcoming projects, programs and events!

1st Annual Miles KT Kirkland Thomas Remembrance and Health Screening – Special Guest Rashad Jennings of the NY Giants!








Huge thank you to everyone who participated in the event on Saturday May 3, 2015. Special thank you to the family of Miles Kirkland Thomas, Curtis High School and Coach Gambardella, the Chad Foundation for Athletes and Artists, all the food vendors, volunteers, physicians and healthcare workers, partner organizations and students and special guest Rashad Jennings, running back for the NY Giants who spoke with the students and spent time with the family and volunteers.

There were several news stories about the event which you can access below. We are discussing how to proceed with future events given the amazing response so stay tuned and again, thank you to everyone who participated in this important event!

Staten Island Advance Video:,AAAAQBxUxyk~,OfuBKPHdVzOcC1Xhu9hWAVj28pzdXdLv

NY1 Video:

Staten Island Advance Articles:

New York State Sportswriters Association:

Earth Day at the Reading Program – 4/22/2015

Huge thank you to the incredible, fantastic, awesome John Kilcullen who spent the afternoon of Earth Day (4/22) with us at the reading program! He read to the students and then worked with them to plant a tree. This was a special day and we are very appreciative!

Staten Island Advance Article: Heart screening, garden dedication to honor Curtis football player Miles Kirkland-Thomas


Link to article:

Frances Perkins Academy – College Preparation – April 20, 2015

We had a fantastic day at Frances Perkins Academy on Monday April 20th. We worked on finalizing the essays the students have been working on and organizing a community service project. The students are wonderful and we are proud to work with them!

H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths Love Your Block Event

Huge thank you to everyone who was part of making our Love Your Block event such a wonderful success! We want to thank:

Citizens Committee for New York City, Commanding Officer Robert Bocchino of the 120th Precinct, Officers Rios, Mazza and Magee, the officers of the 120th Precinct and the 120th Precinct Explorers, The Family of Miles KT Kirkland Thomas, Amoy Barnes, Stefanie Gutierrez and Partnerships for Parks, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Christine Johnson, Vincent Gragnani, CM Debi Rose and her entire staff, Leticia Lucero and The Staten Island Youth Justice Center, William Terry, Vinny Gerardi and Gerardi’s Farmer’s Market, Tom Dowd, Bill Lyons and the Staten Island Advance and all of our other volunteers, friends and partners.

To see the article in the SI Advance about the event, please click here:

For more pictures check out our facebook page or twitter page:

Staten Island Advance Article: Island youth spruce, clean and dedicate garden to a fallen friend



Upcoming gardening projects in Staten Island



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