“My experience with GCF has helped me to foster connections with other NYCHA residents and nurture community spaces with the intention to inform, empower, and to grow.”
Graduated: 2020, Cohort 20
From: Morrisania Houses, Bronx
Current Position: Farm Outreach and Education Coordinator with New York Botanical Garden Bronx Green-Up
As the community gardening outreach program of The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Green-Up provides horticulture education, training, and technical assistance to Bronx residents, community gardeners, urban farmers, local schools, and community organizations. The program is the visible presence of the Botanical Garden beyond the Garden’s gates, inspiring NYC residents to get involved in improving their communities through greening projects.
Describe your current role. What does your typical workday look like?
“[As] Farm Outreach & Education Coordinator, [my role] helps to support urban initiatives through outreach and education with youth and community development. [I do] farm outreach through participating or hosting community events such as food distribution.”
Tell us about your career pathway. How has your GCF experience helped you?
“[I’ve gone from] Green City Force Alumni of Cohort 20 [to] Garden Educator at Spuyten Duyvil Preschool Studies in Nutrition Education and Food Justice Advocacy, [and] Apprentice for Bronx Green-Up in 2022. My experience with GCF has helped me to foster connections with other NYCHA residents and nurture community spaces with the intention to inform, empower, and to grow.”
What advice do you have for current Corps Members and other Alumni?
“Once we focus our efforts on what we can control, we have a greater chance for success.”
“GCF meant that I was a part of a community of people who have my best interest in mind, while creating a positive impact in the lives of others. I chose to become a Corps Member because I noticed many of GCF’s core values aligned with mine. Being a Corps Member allowed me to serve my community through youth development and food justice. Before GCF I was going to college to study studio arts. I began to lack direction in life, and struggled to stay current. I was at the point where I was searching for my passion. The most important thing I learned during my time with GCF is to have a sense of humor. Living in NYC can be a little bit stressful. I have a better attitude and a sense of humor. I’d like to thank my mentors for their guidance and understanding. My support system for reminding me that my service is greater than myself.”
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