I was a teacher at Lyons Community School and I can't imagine where the school would be without the Urban Workshop program. Dan and Jonas provide a uniquely hands on learning experience to some of our school's toughest students. They create many opportunities for these students to be successful in ways that don't happen in a traditional classroom setting. This is a program that genuinely changes lives.
Urban Workshop is an amazing organization. It is such an inspiration to see gazebos and arbors throughout the community gardens of Brooklyn, built by high school students using rulers, pencils, hand tools, and their own labor. I've had the good fortune to have worked alongside the Urban Workshop crew, and I left feeling amazed at the power of what young people can do when their energy and effort is harnessed in a positive direction. The work of Urban Workshop really reaches young people, and gives them the skills and opportunities to succeed in the real world. Sometimes the most powerful learning happens outside the classroom walls, and Urban Workshop is an incredible example of what is possible when dedicated, creative educators think outside the box.
Dan and Jonas do remarkable work. There is no other way to describe it. Urban Workshop NYC provides young people with ways of learning a multitude of things; academic, social emotional and skills, that translate into live skills and lessons. They are always working to figure out how to best support our young people, our community and the communities they are working in. You couldn't ask for a more vibrant, reflective and real program.
Taeko Onishi, principal, Lyons Community School
These guys work with the most difficult students in the school. On any given day they have everything from 6th graders to HS seniors and teach them math, carpentry and most importantly how to be a human and interact with the world in a positive way.
Have seen this program take challenging students that have absolutely no interest/ confidence in school, and work wonders for them both personally and academically.
An extraordinary program that weathers all storms and in the end produces remarkable social and emotional gains in addition to fostering the development of craftspeople with practical skills and a genuine enthusiasm for the work.
I teach at Lyons Community School and I have seen first hand the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie that this program instills. The kids get to work with their hands (and their minds!) in the fresh air while they build interpersonal skills, math skills and being-in-a-team skills. The program also allows our students to contribute to their communities and see, with their own eyes (and by their own hands), something be build from the ground-up. There is real learning and character building happening here.
I am a teacher at Lyons and have seen the program transform the lives of so many students I taught. It has helped them recognize their strengths and to learn from their weaknesses, it built a community amongst students who needed one, it gave them an opportunity to feel a sense of accomplishment by giving back...Shout Outs to Urban
Urban Workshop has provided students with a chance to be able to get out of the traditional classroom environment and have experiential learning opportunities. I have seen firsthand how students who may have struggled in core classes gain a new approach to math and writing, and their work is beautiful too!
Urban Workshop has had an incredible impact on the students at Lyons Community School. Students who have typically found school to be a difficult environment in which to find success have had transformative experiences through being part of Urban Workshop. Through building projects for community spaces, the students at Lyons are not only improving their own experience with school, they are improving the community as well.
It was the month of April 2014, two gentlemen came to the Union Street Garden and Community Development. Mr. Dan Morgenroth, and Jonas Shantz.
They let me know that Ms. Ena from the Tranquil Garden had recommended our garden to have a beautiful gazebo built, like the one that they had built for her garden.
This project was being funded by the Urban Workshop - nyc-inc, which deserves appreciation in abundance.
They not only made it possible to enhance the beauty of our garden,we now have more community involvement.
Going above and beyond this, it was youths that built this gazebo under the tutelage of Dan and Jonas. These young adults now have a skill for the rest of their lives.
Hopefully this program can continue for both the communities, and the young adult workers, it is truly a blessing.
Gloria Briggs - manager of garden