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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. At the September 2018 school start 86 Greenhouse Project Classrooms were 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 320 + 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 16 additional Greenhouse Project Classrooms, bringing our total reach to 86 schools with a population of 50,000 plus students. Our classrooms have the potential of growing 70,000 lbs 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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NY Sunworks has helped to elevate my school in ways we will benefit from for years to come. P.S. 14 is one of the most socioeconomically challenged schools in the borough of Queens. We could not raise the money for a hydroponics lab within our community so NYSunworks found us a donor that not only provided the capital for the project, but, came to be part of the hydroponics systems installation.

Every time my students enter the science lab, their eyes light up with wonder and I know that something powerful is being sparked within them that wasn't there before.

Furthermore, with the ongoing support that NYSunworks staff is giving us, I know that we will soon be providing our school community with fresh, healthy produce and the skills they need to grow their own food at home.

We are extremely grateful that this organization exists and that we are a part of the life changing work that they do.

Donor

Rating: 5


I am a supporter of this organization for their wondeful work at public schools teaching youth about what really matters in the 21st century: science and climate education.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

NY sun works is an org I'm incredibly proud to support. Throughout the years, they've been able to bring alternative thinking to a one size fits all education for public schools in NYC that's really changing the way kids interact with their own studies. It was incredible to see the effects of that at last year's benefit, where 2 of the most brilliant kids I'd ever met came on stage to talk about how learning in a greenhouse had given newfound enthusiasm to their classroom's view of science. Looking forward to them inevitably expanding to new frontiers!!!

1 Jeff F.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organization that's committed to providing NYC youth with the tools they will need for a productive future. In a city where we can easily feel disconnected from the natural environment, they teach kids the importance of our natural world in ways that are truly engaging.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My company has a charitable giving program so our group wanted to find a cause to support. I searched the internet and came upon the New York Sunworks organization.
This non-profit helps mostly urban schools develop a program to teach students about hydroponic farming technology. I thought what a great program - teaching kids/young adults science and sustainability through hands-on experience.
Since then, we received approval to support the program, volunteered to help build the lab, and attended the Youth Conference, which was inspiring to see so many students going up on stage to present their experiments, findings, and learnings.
We will continue to support Sunworks for as along a we can. It has been a great rewarding and educational experience for us as well. Well done, everyone at Sunworks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've really enjoyed working with New York Sun Works. They helped us design and build a new hydroponics lab at our school. This took a lot of coordinating and communicating with the School Construction Authority and would probably have overwhelmed me with my teaching load. The final result is beautiful. Now that the school year has begun they are so supportive in terms of helping to anticipate what supplies we need and training a cohort of teachers each week. As a teacher, doing this type of hands-on work is so much easier with their support. Our students are already planting seeds and excited for their first harvest.
One thing that I really appreciate about NY Sunworks is their commitment to the environment. Students are not just learning about plants, but about energy, water, waste, food justice, etc. This is what we strive for at City-As-School; interdisciplinary, real-world learning and NY Sunworks has helped us provide that for our students!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NY Sun Works has been our partner for several years. They assisted us in running hydroponics based professional development and now they support us in our greenhouse hydroponic systems. The whole team is very accessible and is a pleasure to work with. No question is too big or too small. Our center really enjoys this partnership with NY Sun Works.
The GESC Team

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Last year, I joined the NY SunWorks family as a Hydroponic Lab Instructor. My school, The Benjamin Franklin Magnet School, opened it's doors to a new way of learning and a new way of seeing the world thru a student's eyes. It was a joy to teach young urban children who thought that tomatoes were "made" at the grocery store, covered in a cellophane wrapper. To see their eyes widen as gourds and cucumbers grew and hung on the vine. To witness as they explored how fresh lettuce tasted. It was love at first bite. As I go into my second year, I have the pleasure of continuing to be part of a family that believes that every child deserves to know where their food comes from. And believe me, it's not a cellophane wrapper.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My school is in partnership with New York Sun Works and our greenhouse classroom is such an amazing space for learning. My students look forward to science and our time with the hydroponic systems. The GHC is the perfect vehicle to not just make science real, but to cultivate students' interest in being a steward of our planet and making more sustainable choices.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical High School began using NY Sunworks two years ago. NY Sunworks has been instrumental in helping us create and expand our Hydroponic Gardens. As a result of our collaboration, students with disabilities have not only learned an invaluable skill set that may serve them well in the 21st century job market, but have also learned the value of self-sustainability and the importance of our role in various environmental issues.

We plan to continue our relationship with this non-profit for years to come and would highly recommend them.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They are fantastic! Responsive, helpful and efficient.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Edward R. Murrow High School's greenhouse was in need of some TLC. We were fortunate to have obtained a new state-of-the art Hydroponics and Aquaponics systems thanks to the diligent work of Ms. Sidsel Robarts and the entire SunWorks staff. Our greenhouse went from a forgotten place to now a place buzzing with students excited to learn about its systems. Students of all levels are looking forward to learning about sustainability and doing research. We could not have possibly done so well without SunWorks guiding us every step of the way .

The attention to detail and countless hours of work that the SunWorks staff invested in to making sure that all systems were working correctly is truly admirable. Dealing with all of our questions and concerns, while reassuring us in every step of the way is very much appreciated. SunWorks also provided us with hands-on and much needed Professional Development. Our teachers are still talking about their presentation, abuzz with ideas on how to use of our wonderful greenhouse. This has inspired them to create innovative lessons and even what maybe the very first high school sustainability curriculum.

Your continued support is very much appreciated. There are no words that can ever express our gratitude towards every single member of the SunWorks staff. Your team is truly amazing! I can not wait to see what the future brings. On behalf of our students and staff, Thank you!

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.

1

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.