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New York Sun Works Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: NY Sun Works is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science labs in urban schools. Through our Greenhouse Project Initiative we use hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability. We envision a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to global resource challenges.

Results: NY Sun Works is an EPA, NAAEE and HBSCNY award-winning organization, and maintains a platinum rated status on Guidestar and a Top Rated status on Great Non Profits. By September 2017 school start there will be 70 Greenhouse project Labs up and running in the New York and New Jersey, and many more in development! To see a map of where we work, and the projects in development please visit our website at http://nysunworks.org/projects/ NY Sun Works has trained 300 + teachers in how to implement themes of Sustainability Science into the classroom. We have also trained specialized Greenhouse Project lab teachers at each partner school.

Target demographics: We teach students and teachers about Science and Sustainability.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In the last year we helped build 23 additional Greenhouse Project Labs, bringing our total reach to 70 schools with a population of 50,000 plus students. Our labs have the potential of growing 61,000lbs of fresh vegetables every year

Geographic areas served: New York and New Jersey

Programs: We grow and farm plants and fish year round and provide science curriculum to promote healthy and sustainable minds for us and the environment. Every year we host a youth conference for students at partner schools to share their knowledge and scientific research. We hold 3 annual 36-hour DOE accredited teacher training seminars on how to bring themes of sustainability into the classroom.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this is a super cool program!!!!!!!
our class loved the fish tank!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NY Sun Works was a great place to volunteer. I got to build skills doing hydroponics and aquaponics in a way that I had to really understand those systems in order to maintain them. Plus I could take home some fresh greens when in abundance! They also helped fund my cricket project, which incorporated the idea of circulating nutrients within the lab setting by adding insects. Everyone was really greatful that I could volunteer time, plus it was doing something I loved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported NYSW for a number of years and watched them grow. NYSW is very well organized, and despite all kinds of hurdles and oppositions that non-profits come up against, the determination of this small group of women has been formidable. They now they have 44 greenhouse classrooms installed and 31 more about to be built. What better way to teach children about sustainability, respecting the environment, and responsibility than having a live greenhouse to teach them in.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported NYSW for a number of years because I believe in their mission. I have watched them responsibly grow and reach more and more young people in schools and train teachers. With the Climate Crisis clearly growing and becoming more and more a reality it is the children who will save the planet. NYSW is giving them the education they need and deserve to solve our future environmental problems.

Board Member

Rating: 5

NYSW is the real deal. This organization has grown organically under the leadership of parents, teachers, and scientists, and added more schools and more projects every year since 2008. The impact is large and growing, and the return on investment is phenomenal because of the leverage built into the NYSW model, which uses donor funds to kindle projects but requires each school community to raise additional capital and operational costs. NYSW has a proven model for gathering our scholastic communities together to build better science labs in our schools and more scientific minds in our children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Aquaponics module was an exciting exposure to modern ways of sustainably farming all kinds of food including fish. We were tasked to create our own aquaponics systems that thrived in our classrooms. I had a lot of fun seeing how easy it can be to build sustainable growing options while also collaborating with friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Nysunworks youth conference was very interesting. It helped further my knowledge of sustainable solutions to earth's present problems. The students were well researched and spoke of all of the aspects of sustainability. I really enjoyed attending.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

los objetivos que tiene esta organización, son sumamente importantes en nuestro tiempo, pero lo que es realmente admirable es el método que han implementado ya que la educación sobre la naturaleza , no debe ser sólo teórica , sino que la práctica diaria y el contacto que los alumnos tienen constantemente con los procesos biologicos y quimicos que se desarrollan en la naturaleza, hacen que esta forme parte del mismo alumno, no como una materia más , sino como parte de la misma vida.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for NYSunworks for around 10 years and this is one of the most impressive non-profits I've come across. First off, this an incredibly frugal organization with an extremely low budget for the number of children it services and the range of its programs. The two directors Manuela Zamora and Sidsel Robards are paid employees of the organization, but the amount of work they put in is more than double for which they are paid. They do this out of passion for the project because they love what they are doing and know they are bringing something special and valuable to the kids. This is one of those few home-run charities: the kids love it so much attendance goes up on the days they have this class (which is an amazing feat for schools that have attendance problems); the children's grades go up an average of one full grade for science; the teachers, principals, and parents love it; the money donated is used effectively and never wasted.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

Six years ago my good friend asked me to help with fund raising for an environmental science lab she wanted to build in a local NYC school. It was a totally new idea and we were so proud that we were able to get one funded and built. But we decided that one Greenhouse Project was not enough and that we needed to roll it out on a larger scale. I'm proud to say we now have more than 30 projects at various stages of completion and we have more interest than we would have ever dreamed of. But I'm also super proud at how well the organization is run, how frugal and careful our board is with the money we raise, how efficiently our directors manage the organization and projects; and best of all, how much the children, teachers, and parents love the program. It's really a special charity.

Luca C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a greenhouse intern, I worked in a great environment and with great people. I learned a lot about sustainability and relationships between city, food and health. It was a wonderful experience. NYSW works is an extraordinary way with kids and teacher to build a better future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a greenhouse intern, I have the privilege of working in these amazing spaces and assisting innovative teachers who introduce children to a variety of scientific concepts through hydroponic and aquaponic systems. It is wonderful to see how urban and local food production is normalized for these kids, and how much they enjoy working with plants, insects, fish and lab equipment, even clean-up tools! New York Sun Works is running a great organization that addresses a real need in our educational system—I hope this amazing opportunity is extended to as many kids as possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I think is one of the best curriculums I have seen incorporated in schools. Not only do the students get the opportunity to learn sustainability and science through a hands on approach, but they also get an introduction into the process of food production and what good food tastes like.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my school was goven the privelege of a hydroponic greenhouse by NYSunworks. It is a wonderful place with msny lesrning oppurtunities

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former student of a greenhouse project school I loved learning science through the hydroponics technology provided in the greenhouse. The hydroponics systems gave me independence to discover scientific concepts on my own as well as made the learning of the curriculum we would have otherwise learned in a classroom much more interesting.

Donor

Rating: 5

Education is the long term solution to sustainability and NY Sun Works brings an innovative view of how to address this. Furthermore, this organization creates genuine interest from kids not only in sustainability but in their overall school program. I know about children that have become enthusiastic to study science and that now understand better how the whole ecosystem is connected and how they can help the world to be more sustainable

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New York Sun Works is the perfect example of a high impact organization. It is not only about building greenhouse labs and teaching science and sustainability, it is about addressing today's issues of global environmental concerns, improving families and communities, sharing and engaging... building a better future

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NY Sunworks has created labs and programs that not only teach science to kids, it also changes the way they think about science and their own role in sustaining the earth. It's had a profound impact in NYC public schools and has designed robust curricula for science and sustainability. The Youth Conference gives the students a chance to present real scientific findings to their peers and mentors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

New York Sun Works is a wonderful, innovative organization that is bringing hydroponic farming to urban students throughout the city. I am lucky to be able to work with them and teach my students how living in an urban environment does not mean we can't have access to freshly grown produce in school and even in our homes! It's opened up students' minds (and teachers) to the ways of future farming, even on a small scale. New York Sun Works' innovation has made this all possible. Also, with the curriculum they've created, our students are given the opportunity to learn about today's environmental issues and how to make changes in our own lives. Plus, as the school's Sustainability Coordinator, the big concepts embedded in their curriculum ties in well to how we move to a more sustainable way of living.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I consider myself so lucky to have the opportunity to work with New York Sun Works every day. The organization is lean, efficient and well-run. They open doors (figuratively and literally!) into the world of sustainability, nutrition and agriculture for urban school students. Their curriculum is extremely effective in teaching math, science, engineering, and so much more through plants and fish (hydroponics and aquaponics). It's a great honor to watch kids come alive in the beautiful greenhouses or classroom labs and learn lessons they'll have for life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

At my old school they have a NYSW greenhouse, which really informed me on diet, food production, and climate change. Because of the material being taught in this environment me and my class were able to learn more while having fun.