United States
Our project tackles a wide variety of issues found in our community, so there is a variety of ways we can measure our impact. First, once the produce we grow is ready to be harvested and given to either the students to take home for their parents to cook with or given to the cafeteria to use in the school lunch for the day , that is an obvious indication that the garden beds and the effort to provide organic, nutritious produce to kids living in "food deserts" was successful. Furthermore, after we work with teachers and faculty at the schools/centers to develop environmental educational lesson plans to teach to the students, we can tell by the students reactions to learning new material how excited they are to have this opportunity. Additionally, the garden beds and tending to them are a good form of therapy for the students who live in harmful environmental exposures, such as air pollution, which often occurs in communities facing SES stressors including deteriorating housing, poor access to health care, high unemployment, crime, and poverty, which may exacerbate negative health effects. Once the students are each given a seedling to plant, and are given the responsibility to take care of it and watch it develop into life, it really benefits the students. Also, once we install the garden beds, we plant milkweed (which is the main food source for monarch butterflies) which instantly attracts monarch butterflies, which almost instantly brightens the entire mood of the campus as well as beautifies it by providing lush pre-sprouted seedlings. Another indicator we use to measure the impact our project has made is when we see the relationship and bonds develop between the volunteers and the students that we bring ht garden beds to. Over time, the students open up to the volunteers and work side by side on the garden bed, not only gaining a hands-on science experiment but also developing a sense of having a role model and someone to look up to. We will collaborate by reaching out to under-served elementary schools and at-risk youth centers in the surrounding community to bring the community together, to unify us through the power of obtaining knowledge. We will also reach out to UF students on campus for those who are interested in volunteering on the garden beds and engaging with the students at these schools/ at-risk youth centers. We will show courage by not allowing the socio-economic cleavages in our community put the under-served students at a disadvantage. We will rise past the deep rooted social-scturture to connect and engage our community to close that gap. We will show courage by not giving up on our mission even if a school or youth center is unable to take on the garden beds and declines our offer, which is the biggest challenge we face. But its okay, we expect this because our goal is to reach out to struggling facilities that need the help. We will increase our compassion by reaching out to more elementary schools and at risk youth centers to make an impact as many students as we can, because we believe they deserve the same opportunities as every other student despite their socio-economic status. We will increase our passion by attempting to the engage the community as much as possible, wether it be from reaching out to more students who could potentially be interested as volunteers, or reaching out to more than just elementary schools but hopefully middle and high schools as well. We will continue to expand and make a difference to the best of our abilities.
Tanzania
This project will expose the women to different opportunities such as new projects' ideas, skills and mindset change. This will be possible through connecting them with various opportunities such as entrepreneural projects and get them involved in decisions making as well as creating changes as a group.
United States
We will make a weather station by buying an anemometer, barometer, hygrometer, rain gauge, thermometer and weather journal. Members of the “Peace Lillies” (our gardening group) will collect the data and use it to help create weekly garden plans for planting, weeding, harvesting and planning. Our weather station will let us participate in citizen science groups and share our information in our school and community as a news service. That will help us get more publicity and bring in more volunteers to grow our garden. Weather data and tools will also be used by science teachers for a practical perspective on the reality of climate change.
Through FUNDERS & DONOR'S, The BEEKEEPING project will provide a continuous experience for the people involved, and get more people involved in activities that will increase their knowledge concerning Conservation And hence will reduce the impacts towards Environment. Establishment of this project relies on the founding of 200 hives on community land as well as the training of key people in beekeeping skills.
United States
School gardens provide a wide range of benefits to both the student gardeners and the broader school community. For students, school gardens serve as living classrooms that teach lessons as simple as "where our food comes from" to complex lessons on ecology, resource management, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. The goal of this action is to encourage and support the creation and maintenance of school gardens. In order to earn points for this action, the garden needs to have been active during the current or previous growing season and include plantings that produce fruits, vegetables and/or herbs that could be consumed by students. The garden must be utilized to teach environmental and/or nutrition education involving students interacting with the garden for learning activities during the school year.
United States
We will create a worm bin which will serve as a basis for investigations about ecosystems, life and nutrient cycles, and worm diets. We will create at least two vermicomposting bins with red wiggler worms that the girls can check on throughout the year, culminating by using the compost to add to a garden.
United States
We will know our group is successful by increasing our rate of diversion each year as our school and local community groups. We also hope to do some community outreach this summer to help increase recycling in our community. This mini grant would be used to help the Green Team build a community recycling program. Last school year we installed a plastic bag collection station at our school. We hope to install more and 1 or 2 in the surrounding community.
United States
We will know our group is successful by increasing our rate of diversion each year as our school and local community groups. We also hope to do some community outreach this summer to help increase recycling in our community. This mini grant would be used to help the Green Team build a community recycling program. Last school year we installed a plastic bag collection station at our school. We hope to install more and 1 or 2 in the surrounding community.
United States
Our project tackles a wide variety of issues found in our community, so there is a variety of ways we can measure our impact. First, once the produce we grow is ready to be harvested and given to either the students to take home for their parents to cook with or given to the cafeteria to use in the school lunch for the day , that is an obvious indication that the garden beds and the effort to provide organic, nutritious produce to kids living in "food deserts" was successful. Furthermore, after we work with teachers and faculty at the schools/centers to develop environmental educational lesson plans to teach to the students, we can tell by the students reactions to learning new material how excited they are to have this opportunity. Additionally, the garden beds and tending to them are a good form of therapy for the students who live in harmful environmental exposures, such as air pollution, which often occurs in communities facing SES stressors including deteriorating housing, poor access to health care, high unemployment, crime, and poverty, which may exacerbate negative health effects. Once the students are each given a seedling to plant, and are given the responsibility to take care of it and watch it develop into life, it really benefits the students. Also, once we install the garden beds, we plant milkweed (which is the main food source for monarch butterflies) which instantly attracts monarch butterflies, which almost instantly brightens the entire mood of the campus as well as beautifies it by providing lush pre-sprouted seedlings. Another indicator we use to measure the impact our project has made is when we see the relationship and bonds develop between the volunteers and the students that we bring ht garden beds to. Over time, the students open up to the volunteers and work side by side on the garden bed, not only gaining a hands-on science experiment but also developing a sense of having a role model and someone to look up to. We will collaborate by reaching out to under-served elementary schools and at-risk youth centers in the surrounding community to bring the community together, to unify us through the power of obtaining knowledge. We will also reach out to UF students on campus for those who are interested in volunteering on the garden beds and engaging with the students at these schools/ at-risk youth centers.
United States
We will create a worm bin which will serve as a basis for investigations about ecosystems, life and nutrient cycles, and worm diets. We will learn about aerobic and anaerobic decomposition and how composting is a way we can personally help decrease methane in our atmosphere in a sustainable way. We will create at least two vermicomposting bins with red wiggler worms that the girls can check on throughout the year, culminating by using the compost to add to a garden.

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