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CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING

Our innovative program inspires early adolescent girls to excel as environmental scientists and stewards of New York City’s precious natural resources. We take middle school students on outdoor adventures in parks and along waterways after school and during the summer. Whether bird-watching, canoeing, conducting science projects or doing service, CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING develop a new understanding of natural ecosystems for girls, discover how they can create positive change within their environment, and learn about future careers in the sciences.

This year, we’re excited that our CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING program is celebrating 20 years!

CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING After School

For 6th to 8th grade students across New York City
Week of September 25 – Week of January 15, 2023
Monday – Thursday, 3pm-6pm
Free

Locations:
The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (Queens)
Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (Brooklyn)
Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School (Harlem)
KIPP Academy Middle School (Bronx)

Through hands-on activities and field exploration, technology, advocacy and project based science, CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING develops an understanding of natural ecosystems in NYC’s parks, learn about future careers in the sciences and understand their own power to advocate for the environment and their parks. The After School program is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled adventures about New York City’s parks and waterways, encouraging them to realize their potential and to create change within the natural environment.

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For more information on CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING After School program, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, msanchez@cityparksfoundation.org and Necia Clarke, nclarke@cityparksfoundation.org, Associate Director of Youth Development.

Bring Green Girls to Your Community

We’re thrilled to announce that our CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Curriculum is now available, free of charge, for educators nationwide. The curriculum, launched in Spring 2021 to a pilot group and now for use by educators nationwide, features the award-winning Green Girls STEM curriculum. 

Join us for a free virtual orientation session on January 5, 2023 from 4pm – 5:30 pm ET to learn more about the Green Girls curriculum. The orientation session will provide an overview of the Green Girls Empowered by ING curriculum introducing the lessons’ format, resources available, and how each lesson plan integrates STEM, experiential learning, and youth development concepts. Sign up now for 1/5!

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CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Summer Institute

6th – 8th Grades
July – August
Free

The CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Summer Institute is a Science program that engages up to 80 middle school girls, ages 10-13, in five weeks of fun-filled outdoor adventures based in the Bronx and Queens. Green Girls study the dynamic urban forests of New York’s parks, encouraging them to realize their potential to create change within their natural environment and learn about future careers in the sciences. Whether bird-watching, canoeing, conducting science projects or doing service, Green Girls develop a new understanding of natural ecosystems in our city.

For more information on CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, msanchez@cityparksfoundation.org and Necia Clarke, nclarke@cityparksfoundation.org, Associate Director of Youth Development.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Wins Inaugural National Summer Learning Association Climate Change Award

City Parks Foundation’s CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING program was named as the winner of the Inaugural Climate Change Learning Award for National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) 2020 Summer Learning Awards season. City Parks Foundation is one of four exemplary summer programs recognized for improving outcomes for children and youth and honored as models for the nation.

Read more in our press announcement here.

 

City Parks Foundation Announces ING as Multi-Year Title Sponsor of Green Girls Program

In celebration of Earth Day, City Parks Foundation and ING Americas announced a three-year partnership to support the CityParks Green Girls program in 2020.

Read more in the official press release here.

 

Generous private support for CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, Con Edison, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Watershed Agricultural Council, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. Title sponsor is ING Financial Services. In partnership with NYC Parks.

Green Girls is presented by ING Financial Services and is the recipient of the 2020 National Summer Learning Association Climate Change Award.

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