Uptown Summer 2018 Is Underway!

Today the Sanctuary was joined by eight youth employees who will be the center of our 2018 Uptown Summer program! For the next five weeks, the Uptown Summer employees will work with a crew of mentors, interns, expert guests, and Sanctuary staff to investigate issues of environmental justice within the North Central Troy community. 

The youth employees will participate in fieldwork and workshops covering topics such as bioremediation, grassroots science, environmental design, and more. They’ll receive training and guidance in video and radio production that will allow them to collect and create local stories of resilience. 

After this morning’s introductions, the group toured the Collard City Growers gardens and began work on the garden’s many summer projects. In the afternoon we were joined by experts from the community who set the intellectual tone for the Summer. We talked environmental justice, the Critical Zone, and Indigenous environmental stewardship. 

We are truly excited to see what this group of youth learns, investigates, and creates in the coming weeks!

Support for Uptown Summer comes from people like you and from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Office of Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant and Hudson River Estuary Programs, the Electronic Media and Film Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, McCarthy Charities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bender Scientific and BFF Funds of the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region, B’nai B’rith Gideon Foundation, Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Stewarts Shops, and many other local businesses. 

Thank you all!