Urban Workshop NYC, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 223 Graham Ave. Room 333 Brooklyn NY 11206 USA

Mission: UrbanWorkshop NYC provides students with an opportunity to engage inrigorous academic learning in an applied setting.  Through carefullyconnected studies in math, literature, and writing, students in theprogram learn to plan, design and carry out construction projects invarious New York City communities.  In this integrated learningprocess, they •    make tangible, real-world connections with their academic learning •    develop practical skills and a sense of craft •    connect with community members in various New York City neighborhoods and serve their needs •    understand issues of environmental, economic and social justice facing New York City communities •    build teamwork and leadership skills •    gain a clear sense of accomplishment Theprogram helps students develop the skills, understanding and confidencethey need to earn a high school diploma and succeed in the future.
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: A 3-credit class offered to students at Lyons Community School.  Students work on community construction projects four days a week, with math, reading and writing integrated into the project.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer in urban workshop I can happily say it was a great experience to be apart. I learned many new things that can possibly benefit me years from now. The founders of urban workshop Dan, Caroline and Jonas are great people to work with and are always willing to give you their time if you need help. I had a great experience with urban workshop that I will always remember.

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School

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Get a bigger bus.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Enrique,
Hey, just stopping by to give alot of thanks to Dan and everyone else that has helpped me in lyons community school , and also helped me chang my bad wanna be thug life in ny. I was one of thoses students at lyons community school , that didnt care abouts my education and i just got either drunk or high mostly daily , got to school and left early , cut alots and etc.. but thanks to everyone at the school that belived in me and gave me the help to stay in school. I was also thinking dropping out of school and continue my old ways. i also apreshete urban work shop for all there help , makeing it easy,and fun for me that led me majoring in carpentry. i now have learnd how to build a house from the bottom up. From foundation to brick layin to florring to buildding walls to electrical and plumming , to reading bluprints to building rathers n vynal sidding ,paintting ,putting chingals , sheetrock , to building a bathroom , molding , building decks and porches , stair stringers , compound, building cabnets . laying hardwood floor ,from laying them ,sandding them , paintting then sandding again n paintting ...etc ...to everything there is to know . in buildding a house thanks to everyones helpped ivd build a house on my own. ivd also ended up compeatting state ..won the compatition in the county and went to state repersentting the hole county ..Thanks ... guess wat else got in to machanic work too ... also in to painttin cars ...but enuff of me just giveing everyone that has helpped me in life a thanks ...

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urban workshop

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing its great

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am extremely impressed with the way math is integrated into real life projects that actually engage the youth that are lucky enough to participate. Dan Morgenroth, along with his leadership team, has created something very special.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

just looking at the photos, as I do not live in the area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

scale it up to other schools

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a techie who would almost trade my solely academic education for the experience of working in an environment such that Urban Workshop offers, working with a diverse group of peers joined by unified goals. There is immeasurable worth in (warning, superlatives ahead) hard work, commitment, team spirit, pride in work well done, visible results, dedication, human connection, community spirit, practical experience, purpose, satisfaction, preparedness for life. Kudos to Urban Workshop for fulfilling all of these!

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... hearing about it from participants

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none

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Jesus Samboy and I am student at Lyons Community School and I am also involed UrbanWorkshop. I have been in in UrbanWork shop for the whole year now and i can pretty much say that it is worth the time and sweat. The feeling that is gain from helping someone else is awesome and the smiles on the people face are more than enough to keep me strong for the next task we have. Also there's a bond that is form in the group. In time it becomes more that just teachers and classmates, but a family is born and that's nice having a good family that you get along with. UbranWorkshop is the best thing that ever happened to me in high school

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping them in their projects

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make it more bigger

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Rating: 5 stars  

Urban Workshop worked with our community gardeners to design and build a beautiful shade structure for the garden that also collects rainwater. What they built has made a huge improvement in the garden but the best thing about the project was the great spirit they all brought. Teachers and students were creative, energetic, and focused on learning, doing, and giving to others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

United Herkimer community garden, in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they had the materials they need to do projects so they could pick the ones that would be most interesting for the students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been very impressed at the evolution of Urban Workshop, from its conceptualization years ago to the work that they are currently doing. I feel that they money I have donated has been very well spent, paying for essential supplies that are needed to do the urban gardening and construction projects. Also, I have received wonderful correspondences from the children involved in this program, in addition to pictures of the work that they have done.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing unique opportunities for disadvantaged kids to learn real skills that will benefit them in the workplace.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their reach into more public schools in NYC.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a donor, but have also seen the students working in the field building structures in community gardens. These are children who are at risk in the classroom, but become totally involved in designing and building things in the field, and demonstrating terrific teamwork. Their commitment to the work is wonderful, as is their sense of pride in the finished product. I have received letters from the students thanking me for my contributions, and telling me that this is as hard as they have worked in their lives and how much they have learned from their involvement in the projects, both in the actual work as well as the planning and writing that they do.

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I have visited sites during and after construction. I've gotten letters from participants, talked to the people running the organization, and kept up on its website.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get them better funding so they could put all their efforts into the wonderful work they are doing, and not have to spend time and energy on fund raising

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Rating: 5 stars  

Urban Workshop NYC is a phenomenal educational breakthrough. Through hands-on construction projects in community gardens throughout the five boroughs, it transforms the high school experience of participants, giving them academics through carpentry, a feeling of connectedness to each other and their community, the satisfaction of completing tangible projects, and an awareness and sense of belonging to New York City as a whole. Excellent planning and execution of the work projects make for excellent outcomes on every level.

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Reading student journals, poems, and letters describing their work is a pleasure. As a college professor of English I'm delighted to see writing given such prominence in the program.Writing of this kind reinforces every aspect of Urban Workshop's success, from academic skill-building to personal pride in accomplishment.

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This organization is exemplary in every regard. It needs no changes! It has developed a new educational model for at-risk students, emphasizing both hands-on skills and mental acuity and critical thinking.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Urban Workshop NYC is, quite literally, a life saving organization. I have referred many students to the organization who are at an extremely high risk of either dropping or failing out of school. These students consistently reconnect to school, find purpose in their work, and get back on track to be successful. I cannot praise this organization enough.

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I have seen a vast majority of students I have referred to Urban Workshop NYC redirect their academic and behavioral trajectories towards success and, ultimately, a high school diploma.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the organization and further develop the curricular content.

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