[LIBERTY] – In its second year, the Sullivan Renaissance Internship Program is providing opportunities for young people from around Sullivan County to learn about horticulture while assisting local community groups with the care of their flowers and projects.
Sullivan Renaissance is collaborating with the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) to provide paid internships to 17 students who are supporting the work of multi-level community projects. The interns will work approximately 10 hours per week for 10 weeks between now and Labor Day.
The interns attended an employment orientation on May 17 where they were given work readiness skills and told about their job responsibilities from CWD. Three days later they were at Sullivan County BOCES Landscape Management Program to learn horticulture and gardening techniques from instructor Robert Hayes. Participants were taught the basics of plant identification, weeding, mulching, pest management as well as safe operating techniques for certain garden tools.
Sullivan Renaissance interns will also receive support and advice from gardening mentors. Interns will be keeping a journal for the duration of the program and at the end of the season they will submit a summary of their experience with their community’s binder.
Sullivan Renaissance is providing the funding through the CWD, which is administering the program. Interns are supervised by the Renaissance groups that hire them.
This year’s 2006 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:
· Forestburgh: Austin Gager
· Fremont: Leeann Rhodes
· Hasbrouck: Ian Roosa
· Highland: Michael Kiesling
· Jeffersonville: Gary Ziegler
· Monticello: Recover Center: Joey Cabrera
· Monticello: Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs: Raymond Muthig
· Mountaindale Action Committee: Seth Bennett
· Mountaindale Community Development: Ashley Baldwin-Hunter
· Narrowsburg: Addie Bryda
· Neversink: Matt Smith
· North Branch: Brittany Flynn
· Phillipsport: Jonathan J. Figueroa
· Roscoe Sign Committee: Justin Haas
· Woodbourne: Cheryl Neist
· Wurtsboro: Maureen Goodman
· Youngsville: Sean Dinnerstein
Sullivan Renaissance is an aesthetic improvement program, presented by the Beaverkill Foundation with support from the Gerry Foundation. This year’s theme is “It’s Show Time” – celebrating the program’s 6th year and the attention focused on Sullivan County with the opening of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Additional funding has been secured by State Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.
Other programs include: three categories of grants based on the size of the projects; special awards for environmental impact, historic preservation, showing of flowers and project maintenance; mini-grants; seasonal community demonstration projects; municipal clean-up pilot program and SCCC scholarships. The school spruce up program assists young people with beautification projects at their school grounds or within their communities.
For more information about the program, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.
· Sullivan Renaissance will hold a special seminar for projects entitled “How to Present Your Project to the Judges” on Wednesday, June 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale.