August 7, 2017
Center for Hope Celebrates Summer
NHS Center for Hope in New York has been busy this summer making memories. Last month, the program traveled to beaches, swam in lakes, played at the Ulster County Pool, visited Splashdown Beach, hiked at different places around the Hudson Valley, held multiple cookouts, kayaked on the Hudson, and began their drumming program with Grammy award-winning drummer Jeff Haynes. The summer is also an opportunity for youth in the work program to make extra money working at local businesses and organizations.
Scenic Hudson is an organization that the program has been partnering with over the last few months. This organization works tirelessly to preserve, defend, and develop natural spaces for communities along the Hudson River. This special organization provided kids in the program amazing hands on learning experiences through their rich educational programs. They also employed one of the kids, Amir, as a paid intern this summer! Amir has been helping to plan a trail system for Snake Hill, a piece of land in Newburgh, NY that has gorgeous views of the river. He also assists in cleaning up Falkill Creek, participates in educational programs such as seining in the Hudson, helps with invasive plant removal, and also participates in planning meetings by giving his input about how Scenic Hudson can contribute to and enhance access to natural spaces. Staff at NHS New York are so proud of the work he’s doing for the community.
The farm at Downing Park and Hope’s Garden at Washington Street has started producing food to be distributed to the community. For youth working at the farm and garden, it is an exciting time harvesting the first of the food they have been tending to with so much care and dedication since the spring. Center for Hope is also happy to announce that the youth in their Urban Farming Program will soon be developing another urban farm at Snake Hill with Scenic Hudson. Keep up the good work!