Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School, home of Teens for Food Justice’s pilot farm program, was featured in the Northeast Charter School Network’s 30 Schools in 30 Days project this January! Acknowledged in this feature is the role the Teens for Food Justice farm program plays in setting this unique charter school apart in its efforts to cultivate long-lasting positive impacts on its students and the broader community. We couldn’t be more pleased to have sparked and grown a lasting partnership with this model school community and its dedicated faculty and staff. An aspect of New Beginnings Charter School that resonates strongly with the Teens for Food Justice mission is its emphasis on service learning in the education of its students. In the words of Vicky D’Anjou-Pomerleau, New Beginnings’ Knowledge and Development Director:
“We teach our students through action-based learning and social change. The children learn about the processes to enact social change, not just doing a one-day volunteer event. We like them to think about he strategy and planning…They’re getting used to thinking about the long-term goals of bettering their neighborhoods.”
Click here to read the full feature and learn more about the challenges faced by Bed-Stuy New Beginnings and their remarkable accomplishments educating their students and supporting their community.