Levitt Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Sustainable Long Island

Sustainable Long Island has received a $25,000 grant from the Levitt Foundation in support of the organization’s 3rd Annual High School Fellowship, which employs high school juniors and seniors across Long Island to work closely with staff on community planning and revitalization projects.

“With the Levitt Foundation’s generous funding, Long Island high school students will be able to see what it’s like to work at a nonprofit organization, complete day-to-day tasks, while focusing on numerous projects and planning processes” said Ruth Negrón Gaines, Board President, Sustainable Long Island. “Students will be active in and learning about issues of sustainability, community planning, and development and civic engagement.”

After two years of successful implementation, Sustainable Long Island will launch the Fellowship Program into its third year this July, adding to the number of students, who will develop a positive relationship between themselves, the environment, and their communities. Student will also outreach to other youth and feed their knowledge into the long term planning of Long Island.

“Levitt Foundation is pleased to support this unique opportunity for Long Island teens to learn about their environment and take action to improve and protect their own communities,” said Barbara R. Greenberg, Foundation Advisor, Levitt Foundation.

The goal of Sustainable Long Island’s High School Fellowship is to empower young people with planning tools, information, and knowledge so as to enable them to make a positive impact in their communities. Students will work in Sustainable Long Island’s Bethpage office, as well as in their local community for 20 hours per week (eight weeks) during the summer and six hours per week (40 weeks) during the school year. High School juniors and seniors interested in the fellowship should send letter of interest and resume to Artineh Havan ([email protected]) no later than May 27, 2011.