Staten Island Garden Get Together

Big thank you to Snug Harbor and GreenThumb for inviting us to present at this wonderful event! Details are below. Hope to see you there!


Upcoming cleanup/beautification days at the 120th Precinct/Richmond Terrace, Staten Island


Article on HEALTH for Youths!

Huge thank you to the fantastic writer Georgie Sinclair
of Amsterdam for her lovely, insightful article about the healing powers of gardening and HEALTH for Youths.

We are honored she chose to focus on the work we do.

Enjoy the article!

Link to article :

Staten Island Cleanup days – Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street. Next date – 2/26


Cleanup Day – 2/19 at Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street, Staten Island

Huge thank you to Councilmember Debi Rose, her office and all our awesome volunteers for making this day happen! We did a lot of cleaning up but there’s lots more to do so we have added more cleanup days! Please see our schedule below. Big thank you especially to Destinee and Kim for all their help! Hope to see you next Sunday, 9am!

Deep Dish Granny Smith Apple Cobbler Recipe from My Desserts Diva!

img_0558Deep Dish Granny Smith Apple Cobbler

6 cups granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup organic sugar
pinch of nutmeg
½ cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 pre-packaged refrigerated pie crusts (1 box)
¾ tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a large bowl, mix together the apples, sugars, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, lemon juice and butter. Place one of the refrigerated pie crust in the bottom of a lightly greased prepared 9×9 baking dish. Add the apple mixture on top of the crust, then cover with the second pie crust, tucking the edges of the pie crust around the inside of your baking dish. Poke the top layer crust with the tip of a fork to create small holes on the top of pie crust. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar to cover the top of the cobbler. Bake in a pre-heated oven of about 350 degrees for 1 hour. May serve with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Recipe yields about 6-8 servings

Healthy Kiosk project presentataion at Brooklyn Borough Hall 2/15. WHSAD, Curtis HS, Y-Plan, IOBY and HEALTH for Youths. Support Needed!

Last year, we partnered with IOBY, Williamsburg HS for Architecture and Design (WHSAD) in Brooklyn and Curtis HS in Staten Island to create a design for healthy, interactive kiosks throughout New York City. You can see a detailed description of the kiosks on the IOBY site here:

The students at WHSAD are part of the Y-PLAN NYC program and decided to use Y-PLAN as a toolkit to research and gather data for the kiosks project, addressing the question:
How can students design a kiosk to serve the Williamsburg community (or another) that promotes a healthy physical, social, mental, and emotional lifestyle?
Where would this kiosk be and why?
Who would this kiosk serve?

Big thank you to Assistant Principal Giovanni D’Amato of WHSAD, the students’ teacher Ms. Cahill and Ciera Dudley, Y-PLAN NYC Coordinator
Center for Cities+Schools, University of California, Berkeley for supporting the project. The Spring Project Launch was Wednesday, February 15th, from 10:30am – 3:00pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall and we were very excited to participate in the launch and see the students’ initial design presentation. The students had the opportunity to present their design to the Y-Plan leadership, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna and Superintendents Karen Watts and Michael Prayor.

We need your help and support! In order to build more of  the kiosks we have partnered with IOBY to raise funds. The funds are matched so for every $1 you donate another dollar is matched. Please go to the website below to learn more about the project and support, support, support:

You can view the students’ presentation here:

Thank you! HEALTH for Youths.

Cleanup project with Disney, CM Rose, NYPD and more!


College Readiness Conference – Wonderful Day!

There are several people and organizations to thank for the success of the college readiness conference on Saturday. First, our partner organizations: The Mayor’s Office, Curtis High School and Community Learning Schools. Next, the super hardworking Amoy Barnes and Jenika McCray of The Mayor’s Office and Marie Rodriguez of CLS/Curtis HS. Big thank you as well to Trader Joe’s for donating breakfast for the conference!

Next, our fantastic panelists:
– Joseph Baratta, Special Education Teacher, Coach and head of Forward P.A.S.S.
– Jennifer Paez, Outreach Director, ThriveNYC;
– Christopher Cruz-Cullari, Executive Director, Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, College of Staten Island
– Emanuel Bloomfield-Jones, Advisor, Workforce Development. Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, College of Staten Island
– Heather Butts, Co-Founder, H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths
– Frank Pomilla, President and Founder of TestTakers
– Clementine R. Butts, Consultant and Co-founder, Etiquette, Protocol and Self Image Consulting Program
– Lu Willard, Consultant and Co-founder, Etiquette, Protocol and Self Image Consulting Program
– Diana Pedi. Youth Leadership Council Program Coordinator, GreenThumb
– Amoy Barnes, Staten Island Borough Director, Community Affairs Unit

Finally, the amazing students and parents that took the time on a Saturday to participate in the conference. You were wonderful!

Stay tuned for upcoming projects and programs!

Heather Butts, HEALTH for Youths. image

Cleanup Days – Staten Island