YBN Partners with Trust for Public Land

YouthBuild Newark selected to install “green” recycling containers at local Newark parks

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY —The Trust for Public Land, Garnier—a subsidiary of L’Oreal, USA—and the City of Newark’s Office of Sustainability and its Department of Neighborhood Services announced today the installation of fifty-four community recycling containers at Nat Turner, Jesse Allen, and Mildred Helms parks.

Installation of the recycling containers was undertaken by YouthBuild Newark, Inc., a local non-profit that helps youth ages 16 to 24 complete their secondary educational goals and learn construction skills with a focus on green building techniques.

“The Trust for Public Land is proud of its ability to bring diverse partners together to create value-added outdoor experiences for the residents of Newark, said Scott Dvorak, Director of The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People-Newark program. “These fifty-four new Garnier recycling containers installed by YouthBuild Newark are an extension of the work we’ve been doing on the ground building parks and playgrounds over the last eighteen years, in partnership with the City of Newark. We are truly glad to have been able to add even more value to what we are doing in Newark through this partnership with Garnier.”

In 2012, Garnier partnered with The Trust for Public Land, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people, and the City of Newark to install fifty-four recycling containers in three Newark parks. The containers were created from beauty packaging waste collected through L’Oreal, USA’s Personal Care and Beauty Brigade recycling partnership with TerraCycle. Garnier’s Brigade empowers consumers to collect and send in non-recyclable waste to be turned into innovative new products. Garnier's goal is to eliminate beauty waste from landfills.

“We are so pleased that through our partnership with TerraCycle, we were able to collect and recycle used beauty packaging to create recycling containers for The Trust for Public Land and Newark parks. Caring for the environment is important to us at Garnier. Making Newark more beautiful by encouraging recycling activism and greener behavior is just one of the ways we can help make a difference,” said Lauren Consiglio, Garnier’s Assistant Vice President of Marketing.

During the first two weeks of March, YouthBuild Newark members picked up the completed containers from the City of Newark’s warehouse, poured concrete pads where needed to anchor them, then began installation.

“Building lives and building community has been YouthBuild Newark’s commitment over the past 10 years,” shared SanDonna Jones, the agency’s deputy executive director. “Enjoyable recreational and green space for Newark residents enhances the overall quality of life, so YBN staff and students were eager to participate in this endeavor and have a tangible impact on improving an important city resource – its parks.”

“This is a wonderful demonstration that, with the right partnerships, we can reclaim the value in our 'waste' materials and put them to use for the benefit of the community,” said Stephanie Greenwood, the City of Newark’s Sustainability director. “The Newark Sustainability Office is proud to support this project as a powerful win-win-win: fewer bottles going to landfill or incineration; more sustainable manufacturing work; and a chance for our youth to develop their talents by creating a community amenity."

The recycling bins are the latest component of a major park renovation partnership between The Trust for Public Land and the City of Newark. In October 2012, Newark Mayor Cory Booker opened The Trust for Public Land’s completed phase II of a multi-phased vision for the redevelopment of Jesse Allen Park, one of the locations of the new Garnier recycling centers.

“Working together, The Trust for Public Land, Garnier, TerraCycle, Newark’s Office of Sustainability, and YouthBuild Newark joined forces to help beautify Newark, improve the environment, and enhance the park experience for local residents ” said Anthony Cucchi, The Trust for Public Land’s New Jersey State Director. “Through this partnership we are excited to be helping Newark become more sustainable and further improve these neighborhood parks for the benefit of the communities they serve.”

About The Trust for Public Land
Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at tpl.org.

About Garnier
Garnier believes in beauty through nature. Scientifically developed with selected natural ingredients, our products help you look healthy and feel better every day. Established in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, Garnier is the #1 beauty brand in France and a trusted leader throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico. Dedicated to providing a new vision for health with high quality beauty products, Garnier also provides a wide range of hair care, skin care and sun care products throughout the world. For more information, visit here.

Scott Dvorak, The Trust for Public Land, scott.dvorak@tpl.org, 973-718-7338, X. 103
Greta Fox, Garnier, 646-658-5468, GFox@us.loreal.com
Stephanie Greenwood, City of Newark, 973-733-8916, greenwoods@ci.newark.nj.us
SanDonna B. Jones, YouthBuild Newark, 973 297-0592, sjones@youthbuildnewarknj.org
Stacey Krauss, Terracycle, 609-393-4252, ext. 3704, stacey.krauss@terracycle.com


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After being selected for their thoughtful essays on leadership, YBN students, Chareece and Rosetta found themselves at the 25th Annual AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders (CoYL) in Arlington, Virginia along with 115 students. Students, graduates, and staff from over 60 YouthBuild programs across the country gathered to collaborate around the theme "We Rep, We Serve, We Lead” and address youth leadership, national service, and positive youth representation.


Together with their fellow YouthBuilders, Chareece and Rosetta participated in workshops led by YouthBuild graduates on topics that ranged from public speaking to college readiness. The series of events culminated with YouthBuild students engaging legislators on Capitol Hill to talk about the importance of YouthBuild programs in local communities and the positive impact YouthBuild has had in their lives.


Chareece said, “It was a great experience. It made me realize that we all go through the same struggles, even though there’s a bunch of different YouthBuild programs.” Out of the many things she learned, she plans to incorporate “shout-outs” into her daily routine – at the end of each week, she will recognize a student or staff for something great s/he did.


Rosetta particularly enjoyed how quickly she developed relationships with other participants. “I realized that YouthBuild is a family,” she said. “There was an instant connection.” Among Rosetta’s many takeaways from the event was the importance of showing appreciation. She said, “Dorothy Stoneman [YouthBuild USA Founder] did something that gave people second chances. It was good to know someone cared about you before even knowing you.”


To learn more about the event and view additional photos, click here.

YouthBuild Newark Partners with Rutgers School of Health Related Professions



To prepare students for careers in health-related professions, YBN has partnered with the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) SHRP to establish a “Health Science Careers Joint Program.” A single, integrated program composed of college level courses with clinical experiences, students who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to earn college credit.


Comprised of high school general education courses, college level health science courses, and clinical exposure to a variety of health careers, students will gain the foundational knowledge needed for entry into health careers. YBN students may earn a maximum of 31 credits for college level courses. We are excited to offer the program to our Fall 2013 cohort.


This partnership comes on the heels of YBN’s expanded relationship with long-held partner Essex County College (ECC). In addition to accessing academic support services such as tutoring, career counseling, and ECC’s Learning Center, students can now explore “middle college” by taking academic foundation courses through ECC’s 2013 Summer Bridge Program. Students that successfully pass these courses will be exempt from having to take the ACCUPLACER (college placement exam) and will be able to directly enroll into college-level courses. ECC instructors will provide instruction at YBN’s program offices at 31 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ. Classes will take place from July 8 through August 1, 2013.


Committed to providing students with opportunities to learn about and prepare for other industries, YBN has also formalized a partnership with the New Community Corporation (NCC) Workforce Development Center, a state-of-the-art continuing education facility that provides career training and certification in a variety of fields, including culinary arts, nursing and automotive training. In addition to courses of study, YBN students and graduates will have access to supportive services including on-site career counseling, career exploration and planning, financial aid guidance, and job placement assistance.


To learn more about the Rutgers SHRP, click here.

YBN and NLA Visit YouthBuild Philadelphia



On February 27, 2013, students and staff from YBN and its sister school, Newark Leadership Academy (NLA), visited the YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School (“YouthBuild Philly”). It was a day of fellowshipping among adults and youth alike.


Students talked about the success of their individual programs, ways to improve them, and similarities and differences. Visiting staff learned about and witnessed YouthBuild Philly’s approach to classroom competency, instructional frameworks, restorative practices, and construction training.


One NLA student wrote about her experience:


My experience in YouthBuild Philly was a great experience, and I will cherish it forever. When my mentor Mr. McAfee [NLA Life Skills Coordinator] said to my peers and I that we were going to Philadelphia to see YouthBuild Philly, my first feeling about the situation was excitement because we finally were going somewhere outside of New Jersey, and I [never knew] that YouthBuild was outside of Newark. However, I was kind of anxious about how they [would] operate there. 


When we got there, it was beautiful. It was nothing like I see back home. I saw the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Philadelphia School District was HUGE, and there were murals everywhere. When we got to YouthBuild Philly, it looked little from the outside but it was bigger than our school. When we first walked in to the 5th floor of the building, they welcomed us with open arms. It made me feel warm inside because these people were complete strangers and they treated us like we were the best of friends. 


I admit I'm a shy person and I don’t usually talk to people. I don’t know till I’ve known them for a couple of months but they broke me out of my shell after a few minutes. What really got to me was when one of the Philly students asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I told him I wanted to be a head chef or a professional tattoo artist and after that when we had to go to lunch, he pulled me aside and said “stop being shy, pick your head up. I see potential in you and can really see you being a tattoo artist.” Even though he didn’t know me from a can of paint, the fact he saw something in me touched me. 


When we were closing, we did shout outs and laughed and heard a student named Rich rap. It was fun. What I’ve learned at this trip is that no matter where you go, who you are, what you’ve been though, we all have the same story in a way. We all live on the same block, and instead of us feeling like we are just different schools, we’re all one big worldwide family. And if I can go back and do it all over again, I would again and again. 


As a charter school, YouthBuild Philly issues high school diplomas, offers vocational training – in construction, technology and healthcare, and community service. In addition, the school provides students with resources and support systems to maneuver the program, develop a sense of empowerment, and transition to full-time jobs and post-secondary educational and training programs.


Not only did YBN and NLA gain insight on what works, but also realized they were implementing similarly effective strategies. Staff at both YBN and NLA look forward to continuing to work with YouthBuild Philly to exchange and share practices that help disconnected young people become independent, empowered, and self-sufficient adults.


To learn more about YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, click here.