New York City Christian Athletic League in University Heights, Bronx received $1,900 to run a basketball league for inner-city youth. The only youth program currently operating in University Heights, the project instills character-building skills and provides recreational activities for youth ages 12-18.
The P.S. 54 School Wellness Council in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn received $4,000 to establish a safe area for outdoor play and physical activity while the school's playground undergoes renovations. The Playstreet is divided into several sections to offer different organized activities such as popular sports and street games.
NY Dragons Academy S.C. in Tremont, Bronx received $1,900 to organize a soccer tournament for youth, focusing on physical fitness and obesity reduction. This project is serving a diverse community of young people.
Velocity, a city-wide group received $1,500 to organize a 7-week bicycling program to introduce youth from underserved communities to urban planning concepts. Participants are biking across the South Bronx and engaging in community mapping and surveying exercises. Through this project, youth are gaining leadership skills and learning how the built environment can impact community health outcomes.
The Pomonok Houses Resident Green Committee in Pomonok, Queens received $2,000 to revitalize a garden near P.S. 201, construct tree guards to prevent damage by dogs and other animals, and beautify the area. The group is working with young students to teach them about environmental stewardship.
Cyclopedia in East Harlem, Manhattan received $1,400 to organize a summer bicycling program for East Harlem youth. Each excursion is comprised of a lesson on the destination, the bike ride itself, and a reflective writing or photography assignment. By reintroducing physical activity into the daily routines of the youth and by reconnecting riders with the wider world around them, the project accomplishes the twin objectives of improving physical and social health.