About Neighborhood Explorers
The student paticipants in the Neighborhood Explorers program work with professional architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and designers, as well as community-based organizations and local elected officials and city agencies to propose and implement short term projects in the City Museum's neighborhood. By participating in this process, students are able to build design skills in a real-world context, encouraging civic pride and creating positive change that they can see in their own community.
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Neighborhood Explorers Junior
Neighborhood Explorers Junior is a program for middle school students. Participants are introduced to architecture, urban planning, and design concepts through neighborhood-based projects that deal with real-world issues. Over 12 weekly sessions, students learn about the role of designers, as well as everyday citizens and local elected officials, in facilitating meaningful change. They build "neighborhood literacy," by learning to identify and analyze the elements of the built environment in their community, including buildings, streets, and open spaces. Students also meet with local organizations and community leaders to propose new ideas to address design challenges in the neighborhood.
Neighborhood Explorers Senior
High school students who have participated in Neighborhood Explorers Junior may apply to participate in a 20-week program where they work on a more complex project benefitting the local community. These students work with local organizations through the Participatory Budgeting Process to advocate for capital funding for their project’s implementation, as well as developing their own short-term solutions. The result of this program is the design, development, and implementation of student-created projects that improve the community.
For information about the Neighborhood Explorers program, please contact Liz Hamby, Neighborhood Explorers Coordinator, at 917.492.3387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org