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Learning about where they live – and helping in their communities

May 16, 2011

[LIBERTY] – More than a dozen young people will soon appear in communities throughout Sullivan County caring for the flowers at public gardens and parks.  They are part of a new class of fifteen youth taking part in the Sullivan Renaissance Gardening Internship program.  Now in its eighth year, the program is a collaborative effort between Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development.

The primary role of the interns, who gathered together for the first time last week, is to assist with care and maintenance of flowers, gardens and other landscaping elements of community projects throughout the county.  Their work will include planting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding, dead-heading of plants, and other related activities.  Interns will also assist with administrative and organizational tasks such as clerical support, phone calling and fundraising activities.

The focus of this year’s program is “Making Connections.”  Through the youth development sessions interns will explore topics to help them gain a working knowledge of Sullivan County.  They will make connections to Sullivan County history, the challenges and opportunities facing communities, and specific topics such as agriculture and water resources.  As a group, they participate in a day of service which they plan and implement with support from Sullivan Renaissance staff and volunteers.  

“Working with Sullivan Renaissance helped me meet new people that live in my area,” said Luis Arango, a second-year intern from Phillipsport. “They all have different interests, but they all have stuff in common, like wanting to take care of the area we live in.”

The 2011 Sullivan Renaissance Interns are:

  • Luis Arango, Phillipsport
  • Jamie Evans, Neversink
  • Margaret Goble, Liberty
  • Maya Grady, Narrowsburg
  • Kristene Haas, Woodbourne
  • Megan Haberli, Callicoon
  • Destiny Highbaugh, Monticello
  • Ashley Machera, Jeffersonville
  • Jonathan McCoy, Woodridge
  • Harrison Muller, Roscoe
  • Anthony Nittoli, Mamakating
  • Patrick Reiser, Lumberland
  • Brian Roman, Livingston Manor
  • Aaron Schmitt, Mountaindale
  • Matthew Young, Mamakating

COMING UP – Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Engaging Youth and Keeping Them Involved: A seminar for anyone interested in working with youth .  Young people grow up in communities, not programs.  Let’s give them the opportunities to be involved and make a difference.  Speakers include: Laura Quigley, Director, Center for Workforce Development; Amanda Speer, Director of Programming, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Margaret “Meg” Goble, 2nd Year Sullivan Renaissance Intern in Liberty; and Ashley Machera, 2nd Year Sullivan Renaissance Intern in Jeffersonville.  The seminar is in the CVI Center in Ferndale. To register, email or call 845-295-2445.