July 24th I scream for ice-cream!

*The Youth Change Makers had a weed war in the L-Lot with Kathy and Oliver.

They split up into two teams to compete against one another who could identify the most weeds. The winning team would get ice cream. Turns out it was a tie so everyone got ice-cream! 

*Brown fields tour: Journey with Joe Fama around the neighborhood.

The summer Youth Employees will mark the spots on a map of places that pollution has affected while writing interesting facts about the places they visited.

July 23rd. Hope in Brown-fields, Nature Wants To Live.

*The first couple hours this morning consisted of a group talk. We all took the time to recognize that we are now at the mid point in Uptown Summer. We talked about our accomplishments, what we hope to achieve in the last ten days, our concerns, and the biggest joys we have. 

*The Youth Change Makers continue digging in the L-Lot. With Oliver, they plant buckwheat and fungus to help draw out toxins from the soil.

Tuesday July 22nd *Archaeological Dig* Week 3

*Financial Fitness: Morning ice breaker- Smart financing. We learn different methods of budgeting and being ‘smart’ with money. How to save, plan, borrow, and earning capability*



*Environmental mapping at the L-Lot: Oliver Kellhammer, Canadian bio-artist, in collaboration with NATURE Lab Project Coordinator Kathy High, will create a "botanical intervention" in the long devastated toxic soil of the "L-Lot," at 5 Glen Ave. between 6th Ave. and River Street in North Troy. One block away from Lock One (Federal Lock) of the Erie Canal, we'll map the biology, history and current identity of a place, in this creative "Bio-Art in an Industrial Wasteland" workshop. 


Friday July 18th Botanical Intervention!

*The Youth change makers continued working on the mural project. WMHT from PBS interviewed them and documented them working on the Mural. 

*Today the group helped Cathy High work in the L Lot garden.

Thursday July 17th “Who am I to judge?” - Pope Francis

The Youth Change Makers had a conversation about thinking deeply and interpreting different meanings for things. We thought about ways to broaden our horizons and helping others think more in depth about common subjects such as trash and pollution. “For Every Action there is a Reaction” Everyone and everything is connected. People to environment, animals to material, plants to insects. We all exist in the world together and have huge impacts on the outcome of the environment (“Domino Effect”). 



Wednesday July 16th Summary of the Day for the Uptown Summer Program

-The Youth Change Makers start the morning watching videos and learning technical techniques such as framing and composition. They leaned how to properly set up a photograph or video shot by examining certain photographic and cinematic procedures such as the Rule of Thirds.



-Ethan provided a lesson about how to shoot video on the DSLR Cameras. He focused on teaching the youth how to properly adjust several settings on the camera, focusing on the ISO and the F-Stop.


“As long as I can communicate I can create. As long as I can create, I am free.”-Lewis Hill

-The Youth Change Makers start the morning watching videos and learn video making techniques such as juxtaposing, showing conflicting scenes, and back and fourth perspectives to illustrate a point stylistically. 



-We reflect on last week and discuss some of our favorite things we did such as working in the garden, the poetry workshop, making the needle point samplers, creative tee shirt making, The River Keeper, documenting our houses, and mapping the neighborhood.  



Friday July 11th ~Watching, Waiting and Dreaming~

*Strength team with Steve- Concert setup; The group helped move all equipment and gear to Freedom Square for tonight’s performance of ‘Debo Band’ to celebrate the launch of Uptown Summer! 


*The River Keeper field trip- Captain John explains The River Keeper: A program that is a member supportive organization. The River Keeper is an old european model that is basically just someone who monitors a water way.



Thursday July 10th. North Troy Youth Change Makers- What we did today!

To see a video of the QR Code Workshop click here!

* “What Does Environmental Justice Mean To You?” The group responded by saying they would like to see more trash cans around to control the littering, more gardens available so people can eat their own home grown food, better filtered water, different ways to power cars besides oil, use less fossil fumes, recycle, shop at thrift store, clean the Hudson River to make it swimmable. Yuri Gorby said he would like the voices of youth to be heard on a larger scale to help the environment. 



Wednesday July 9th What we did today!

To see a video of the Poetry Workshop click here!

*Poem workshop: Cara, a professional writer/poet, teaches the group different ways of writing letters, poems, stories, and notes. 

-“Find Your Own Voice” by Jayne Cortez, is an inspiring poem Cara uses as an example of how unique each and every style of poetry is.

-The group works on their ever evolving scrapbooks by including writing about something they want to express about the world using metaphors and similes. 

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