HEALTH for Youths student Julia Hart named “Staten Islander of the Week” by NY1

Super proud of our student Julia Hart who is the Staten Islander of the Week for NY1. She came to us via the Greenthumb Youth Leadership Council. She continues to volunteer with us, helping to create an irrigation system based on her original design involving our rain water barrels, hoses and compost system. She will also assist us in building a cold frame for our tools and of course, gardening, harvesting and weeding! Big thank you to all who have supported this garden, particularly Councilmember Debi Rose, the Parks Department/Greenthumb/Partnerships for Parks, NY1, fellow gardeners and of course, all our amazing students. Link to story (also in our bio)

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Backpack and School Supply Giveaway – update!

Please see the video below from this past Friday 9/1 with Councilmember Debi Rose. In addition to backpacks filled with school supplies, our soccer program and reading program students were given t-shits and soccer clothes, snacks, new socks, soccer balls, new children’s books, soccer equipment and new soccer nets. Huge thank you also to the NYPD, the Tiegel family, Domain Companies, all those who supported CM Rose’s initiative and of course, our youth and student volunteers.

We have had 7 “pop-up”
backpack and school supply giveaways over the last week focused on our youth and student volunteers
with the biggest being the one devoted to our amazing reading program and soccer students.

We wanted to make sure that these giveaways put a
spotlight on the amazing contributions our students are providing to their communities through volunteer work, activities and service. Our students are truly having a positive impacts on themselves and others and this is a way that we can say thank you.

Looking forward to the beginning of the school year and giving additional assistance to the students once classes begin.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this important initiative.

Heather Butts, H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths.


Sketch – coldframe by student Julia Hart

Gracie Mansion Event

Youth Leadership Council Certificate Ceremony

Governors Island Tour!


College readiness program at the 121 Precinct

Reading program guest Holly Bonner 8/23

We had a wonderful guest at the reading program today 8/23. Holly Bonner, owner, writer and disability advocate at Blind Motherhood and Director of Education and Outreach at IlluminArt Productions spent over an hour and a half with our reading program students today. The students recently finished a book where the main character was blind and Ms. Bonner spoke about her own experiences. Her visit was enjoyable and educational for the students. It's days like this that remind you of why you run a nonprofit. Huge thank you to superstar volunteer Louise Phillips for organizing the program, Markham Gardens for facilitating the event and our students for being so engaged. Looking forward to future projects with Ms. Bonner and her amazing dog Franny! Phenomenal person, amazing day.

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Upcoming movie night 8/30


Yankees game!