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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.

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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.