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.
Urban Workshop is the best organization of its kind. It would with student who wouldn't otherwise have the chance to do this kind of work, and works with them holistically. This isn't simply about teaching students some carpentry and building skills, this is about teaching them how to think, how to work together, how to make better life choices.
The folks running the program are thoughtful, creative and committed to the work and more importantly the students.
I remember hearing about Urban before it came to be and thought it sounded like a great idea. It is rare that the end product is even better than how you envision it.
Because of the people involved and the vision for the program, I wanted nothing more than to work with the folks and bring this program to the school I work at.
I've seen these folks at work when I visited them on site early on in the program's infancy. The educators are great, the mission is great, and the students work together and feel a part of something big.