Justice & Leadership
The Applegate Garden broke ground in 2010 in the South Bronx's District 7. Our area is known to have the highest rates of diabetes and obesity in the United States, and is among the poorest congressional districts. We offer farm fresh, organic produce that we grow, from seed to harvest, in our very own school garden, and supplement those crops with weekly deliveries from the Hunts Point Farmers Market. Our partnership with Greenmarket Co. has brought our project to the next level, by allowing us to educate and feed the community on a much larger scale than our garden allowed. No longer is fresh produce a luxury that's out of our reach, but a foundation on which we build a better, healthier future for ourselves.
JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA
The Junior State of America is a program for the youth of today that helps strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. The intended goal is for the students to demonstrate statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.
Gender & Sexuality Alliance
The Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) was founded in 2010 with the mission to create a safer space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Asexual (LGBTQA) young people and their Allies. GSA has after-school meetings twice a month in the middle and high schools to discuss the beauty and challenges in being oneself, and how to advocate for others. GSA partners with outside groups, such as Live Out Loud, for monthly workshops and field trips. GSA also increases LGBTQA visibility in school during October’s LGBTQA History Month and organizing for an all-gender bathroom. Past events include Day of Silence; community service at the Anti-Violence Project and The Door; career-oriented field trips to Bloomingdale’s, AppNexus, and InStyle Magazine; and hosting a city-wide Gaypril Dance.
Operation Breaking Stereotypes
Operation Breaking Stereotypes (OBS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, working with schools in Maine, Boston, and New York City to facilitate exchanges among diverse groups of learners. Since our founding in 2002, OBS has helped more than 2500 students address ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and racial stereotypes through writing, reading, music, photography, and personal connections.