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Greenpoint Y ushers in a new crop of environmental activists

Over the past five years, the Y has partnered with New York University’s (NYU) Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, Broadway Stages, and ExxonMobil to offer select high school students a chance to participate in the Summer Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program (SYSTEM). During the program, students learn the imprtance of environmental studies. Keith Hicks, the Executive Director at the Greenpoint Y said, “Teens continue to explore ways to create a more sustainable environment using Lentol Garden as a workstation. We are proud of what the teens have accomplished and the great impact the program continues to have on the teens and the community.” Read more…

SYSTEM celebrates another successful summer program

Greenpoint YMCA campers were invited to a lesson in science, technology, engineering and math by local SYSTEM students. There campers learned how important the environment is to their local neighborhoods. Greenpoint YMCA president Keith Hicks thanked the sponsors, children and team leaders for helping put the program together once again. “Every year we have this, and it is one of my favorite events in the summertime,” Hicks said. “I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.” Read more…

Careers take root

In Greenpoint, 13 local teens are spending their free time figuring out ways to improve the north Brooklyn neighborhood. They’re participating in an environmental summer education program called S.Y.S.T.E.M, which extends science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning outside of the classroom by treating Greenpoint, and the greater New York area, as a living laboratory. The seven week program was developed by the Greenpoint YMCA in partnership with the New York University Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education. Read more…

Greenpoint Y campers show their spirit

Campers at the Greenpoint YMCA competed against each other for the Spirit Awards last Friday. The theme of this year's Spirit Day Show was "YMCA's Amazing Race" which took family and friends all around the world as they watched dances and skits, and appreciated art and costumes. Even the counselors got involved, leading camp cheers and showing off their own YMCA spirit. Read more…

Crayons, Bilingual Birdies and Pharrell Williams send off the Class of 2014

Because I’m happy…clap along if you feel like a room without a roof…because I’m happy…clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. Those words echoed through the Greenpoint Y last Wednesday as its Early Childhood graduates made their way into the gymnasium, packed with teachers, friends and family eagerly awaiting 2014 commencement. Read more…