BMA collaborates with the Urban Assembly of Green Careers (UAGC) to provide high school youth who are interested in green careers an opportunity to get hands on exposure to horticulture using the Broadway Malls as a living classroom.
Students are taught proper horticulture practices, and have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals who can address student questions as well as serve as role models. We can discuss concepts like the carbon cycle while explaining the essential role of the malls to this urban corridor.
The former program coordinator said, “This is the kind of program that needs to be replicated. So many children, particularly African American and Latino children get a bad reputation. The more they are seen working on the malls, the more people in the community change their attitudes about them. And for the children, it’s instant gratification for them when people come up and tell them they are doing a great job. Also the children are learning the value of being a part of making the community a better place to live.”
BMA’s horticulture youth program with UAGC nurtures a new generation of young people who value and care for the natural resources.