UAGC Students Chefs and Servers at Gala Dinner; Gain Valuable Culinary Experience

On November 16th, the green NGO innovators at New York Sun Works (NYSW) joined forces with food entrepreneur Chef Harold Villarosa from Insurgo Project to host prominent civic leaders, philanthropists, teachers, and families for a gothic themed gourmet dinner in the caverns of Cathedral St. John the Divine. The evening launched a new high school curriculum developed by the teams at NYSW and Insurgo that merges technology, sustainable food production, and culinary ethics. In conjunction with the Cathedral's Value of Food program, the dinner fused education and sustainability as a community of chefs and nonprofits presented guests with fall harvest dishes cooked by local students from the Urban Assembly for Green Careers (UAGC) that featured greens grown by NY Sun Works.

UAGC in the Media

UAGC Students Join Michael Bloomberg & Mayor de Blasio to Celebrate Planting More Than a Million Trees in NYC Over Past Eight Years 

On Friday, November 20th, Chris Ayala and Emmanuel Santiago and our school's partnership coordinator, Dan Tainow, attended the Millionth Tree planting ceremony with guests Mayor de Blasio, Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Parks Commissioner Silver, and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) founder Bette Midler. The speakers discussed why planting a million trees is so important for the urban environment, the challenges of planting one million new trees, and the importance of residents and students like them caring for these young trees.

UAGC students spoke with a TreesCount 2015 team leader who was hired for the job because of similar training to what the students are receiving, and had the opportunity to meet NYC Parks Commissioner Silver, who dubbed these UAGC students as "future Parkies."

Innovative NYC Educators
UAGC hosted attendees at the Innovative Schools Network Conference this November. Guests from Wisconsin, Illinois, even Hawaii, visited the school to see the amazing work UAGC students do each day.

UAGC's Chris Sedita and Chris Bohl
featured in
UA's High-Quality Career & Technical Education Paper

Candy Gonzalez, Class of 2016 working with the Central Park Conservancy

Green Careers Lab Program

Central Park Conservancy is recruiting students to participate in our 2016 Green Careers Lab program. This is a 6-week career exploration workshop for students interested in the field of urban parks and urban green space. Green Careers Lab offers 10 high school students the chance to meet and interview professionals from a number of parks and green space organizations. Students learn about the career journeys of professionals, meet other like-minded students, get to know unique green spaces throughout New York City, develop public speaking skills, AND make connections in the field of urban park management!

Join this is exciting new program if you are passionate about green space, thinking about career options, and willing to dedicate 6 Saturdays to an eye-opening program. A digital application is attached here. You may submit applications digitally or in hard copy, but they must be received by November 30th.
Green Careers Lab Application.pdf


UAGC's garden and internship collaboration with Jacob's Pickles restaurant aims to expand farm-to-table and restaurant operations experiences for students.