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International Youth Day 2023

August 12, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We Stay/Nos Quedamos and the Environmental Justice Youth Team (EJYT), present a day-long event in honor of the global 2023 International Youth Day (IYD) celebrations recognizing how young people lead as agents of change in environmental. IYD, first observed in 2000 by the United Nations, draws attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The 2023 theme: “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World.” (#YouthLead)

The event’s cultural celebration will include young performing artists, including poets, dancers, singers, activists, as well as  field games for youth and their families. Download Flyer

The day will also include a special announcement on Nos Quedamos’ recent grant allocation and recognition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about our environmental resilience work in the South Bronx, with NOAA Assistant Secretary Jainey K. Bavishi in attendance acknowledging the milestone as a presenter.



Date: August 12, 2023
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: FREE
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409 E 159th Street
Bronx, NY 10451 United States
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Phone: 718-535-2323

THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE YOUTH TEAM is a leadership development program which teaches the youth about community organizing. What does it mean, what are some examples, and then putting it into practice. The way they put it into practice is by using the existing space of a rooftop garden where community led conversations can take place to address issues such as green space access, food insecurity, and air quality while promoting the priority of health and wellness. 


Our goal with this Youth Leadership Development Project is to cultivate a youth base for Nos Quedamos and ensure that we are prepared to build on and promote the legacy of community-led change and empowerment into the future.

The garden network will act as a base for organizing the community toward policies that center community health and food justice in the South Bronx, with young people leading the charge and engaging their friends, families, and neighbors in dynamic programming. The gardens will allow us to address vital community needs, while increasing the capacity of young organizers to get involved in our larger campaigns.

The Youth Leadership Development Project will bring the voices of youth and young adults into our work and empower them to effectively educate and organize their peers, family, and neighbors towards food and environmental justice for Melrose. With this project, it will allow us to build our youth base needed to pass the baton forward to a new generation of community leaders. In addition, our activation of gardens and local parks aims towards the big-picture goal of increasing the self-sufficiency of our community by creating access to quality, healthy food and fresh fruits and vegetables that we plant and cultivate ourselves.

For more info, contact our Community Organizer, Carmen De Jesús at:

Take a look at our upcoming Workshops!

This workshop is being provided to increase knowledge behind the intended purpose of the EJDS rooftop garden and a youth led activity to encourage residents to extract and plant their own seeds
Gather info on SNAP/ WIC and their eligible items, how can we develop our own sustainable systems. Who is the Food Policy Center and the resources they have on their website, using food scraps to make a broth, how can we use our rooftop space to mend the food gap in Melrose

The Second Cohort is here!

Click or scan below for the youth cohort's Journey Journal.