PARK PROGRAMS: HARLEM YOUTH GARDENERS

HARLEM YOUTH GARDENERS (AGES 14 - 19)

 

Harlem Youth Gardeners (HYG) assist with gardening and park maintenance in four Historic Harlem Parks -- Jackie Robinson, Marcus Garvey, Morningside and St. Nicholas.

 

Now in its second year, the program provides an opportunity for teens to learn about the history and ecology of the parks, gardening and landscaping, leadership skills, along with environmental science, ecosystems, botany and sustainability.

DATES: Spring 2021 Session: March 27 - May 15

DAYS/TIMES: Part-time, Saturdays, 8 AM - 4 PM

PAY RATE: $18 per hour

Applications for our spring program are now closed. If you were not selected for the program, we will keep your information on file in case we are able to offer a Summer 2021 program.

Thank you for your tremendous outpouring of interest in this program. We received over 650 applications for nine positions!

HELP US EXPAND THE HYG PROGRAM

We are actively seeking sponsors to help support our neighborhood youth via this valuable program.

 

The cost to fund the work of one Harlem Youth Gardener for the Summer Session is $2,800. We are seeking to employ 12 teens and one program coordinator this Summer. Full program sponsors are also encouraged! 

 

Contact us for details on how your tax-deductible donation can help support the Harlem Youth Gardeners. 

MEET THE HARLEM YOUTH GARDENERS

SPRING 2021

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ALYSSA

Gardener

I want this job to boost me later in life and show that I am a determined to succeed in whatever I do.

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ANAITA

Gardener

I'd like to learn more about ecology and become more active in my community.

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CHRIS

Gardener

I want to contribute to Earth's most beautiful thing -- nature! And learn to become a better leader.

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EVELYN

Gardener

Parks bring stressed individuals a sense of calmness and tranquility. I would love to be a part of a group that helps make our city parks a better place for everyone.

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CAGE

Gardener

I want to learn more about our parks' history and make our community a better place.

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OLIVER

Gardener

I really enjoy being in the park with my dog, Lulu, because it's so calming. I want to help preserve such a valuable place for everyone to enjoy.

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TIARA

Gardener

I'm very interested in learning more about gardening because it may lead to a future career direction. I especially love purple flowers!

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EDEN

Team Leader

Eden was a member of the 2020 HYG Gardeners and invited back to be a Team Leader. This year, she's also exploring ways to promote the HYGs via social media marketing.

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DARREN

Team Leader

Darren was also invited to return to the HYG Program in 2021 as a Team Leader. He's continuing to hone his leadership and organizational skills. 

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CHRISTINA

Senior Coordinator

Now in her second year, Christina continues to lead the HYP Program. Her deep knowledge of NYC Parks and plants is matched by her ability to teach teamwork and leadership skills to her young team, always with the care and compassion of an experienced leader.

ABOUT US

Friends of Morningside Park advocates for the maintenance and improvement of the Park by raising funds, coordinating volunteers, and offering programs for the community.

 

We promote the enjoyment and responsible use of the park through an extensive set of programs which over the years have included arts and cultural festivals, a farmers market, film screenings, public art displays, musical and theatrical performances, sports tournaments, community picnics, park cleanups and plantings, tree lightings and holiday events.

Friends of Morningside Park is a private, not-for-profit organization, and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal EIN (tax ID) number is 13-3155238.

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CONTACT

Friends of Morningside Park

PO Box 250228
New York, NY 10025

T: 212-937-3883

E: info@morningsidepark.org