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The Greenpoint Y introduces its newest environmentalists to the community

At a celebration at Lentol Garden last week, the students marked the end of this year’s S.Y.S.T.E.M. (Summer Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program by displaying their newly acquired environmental knowledge. S.Y.S.T.E.M. is an annual event, organized by the Greenpoint Y, in collaboration with NYU’s Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, ExxonMobil and Broadway Stages, in which high school students work to further their educations in environmental studies. Read more…

Greenpoint Y members, donors celebrated

Greenpointers young and old gathered at the YMCA on Wednesday to laud the accomplishments of the center’s youth, faculty and donors. Children and young adults from the center’s extensive programming celebrated as part of the 2015 annual campaign victory, enjoying a pasta buffet and dance performances from the center’s members.The night was especially poignant with the end of the school year fast approaching, and many of the Y’s most beloved youth soon to depart for their freshman years of college. Read more…

Local kids dance studio celebrates five years, expands to adults

Children’s dance studio and afterschool programming space, The Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center (WMAAC) celebrates five years in the neighborhood this year, and in light of its continued success is planning to launch a robust program geared towards adults this summer. In addition to WMAAC's original location, they run programs at the Greenpoint YMCA and local schools including P.S. 132, P.S. 84, and the Brooklyn Arbor School, in all serving about 1,000 students each week in North Brooklyn. Read more…

A boy praises the principal of his Brooklyn school and a fund-raising campaign takes off

Recently Human of New York's Instagram account featured a story of Vidal Chastanet, a 13-year-old from Brownsville. In the caption, Chastanet said his principal, Ms. Lopez, was his biggest inspiration. Since posting, Chastanet, Lopez and Mott Hall Bridges Academy became overnight sensations receiving over $1 million in donations. This is not the first time HONY raised money for a great cause. Previously, the account raised over $100,000 for the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Read more…

Greenpoint Y looks to reduce gender gap in STEM careers

The Greenpoint YMCA is leading the charge to get young women invested in careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Beginning in October, the YMCA launched a pilot program, the Business, Entrepreneurship and Technological Achievement for Girls (BETAgirls) – funded and supported by MasterCard, to promote the learning of STEM fields particularly among young women from low-income families all across the city. Read more…

Greenpoint Y looks to reduce gender gap in STEM careers

The Greenpoint YMCA is leading the charge to get young women invested in careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Beginning in October, the YMCA launched a pilot program, the Business, Entrepreneurship and Technological Achievement for Girls (BETAgirls) – funded and supported by MasterCard, to promote the learning of STEM fields particularly among young women from low-income families all across the city. Read more…

Greenpoint YMCA pilots new BETAGirls coding program

11 girls from across the city arer currently enrolled in the Business, Entrepreneurship and Technological Achievement for Girls (BETAGirls) Program at the Greenpoint YMCA.The program, which is made possible through support from MasterCard, is a year-long registered “Girls Who Code” program that meets after school to teach the girls how to use Java Script. The pilot program began in October of this year. Read more…