SHORT HILLS, NJ - Greater Newark Conservancy has partnered with Squirrel and the Bee Bake Shop in Short Hills to hold a fundraiser and gallery exhibit to benefit the Conservancy’s Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP).

Kick off the holiday giving season and celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that takes place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, with events on November 28 and 29 at the Squirrel and the Bee located at 515 Millburn Avenue in Short Hills.

The #GivingTuesday Kickoff Event on Monday, November 28th from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. will feature an exclusive Art Exhibition & Reception featuring photographs by local artist, Joanie Schwarz, with images and notes from NYLP interns. Meet the artist, NYLP participants, and enjoy light refreshments.  All art sold will benefit Greater Newark Conservancy and NYLP.

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On #GivingTuesday, November 29 from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., visit the Squirrel and the Bee and stop by the Conservancy’s Youth Farmstand and Poinsettia Sale. Meet interns and Conservancy staff and learn more about programs and how to get involved. Organically managed, healthy produce and beautiful poinsettias will be available for purchase.

Newark area high school students have found a fast track to their future through Greater Newark Conservancy’s Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP). The year-round leadership and job training internship program focuses on issues including green jobs, the environment, healthy living, education and career exploration. Interns in the program are encouraged to experience outdoor activities, to lead a healthier lifestyle and to try new things. For many, that means becoming the first in their families to pursue a college degree.

Nearly every student intern in 2016, 97% of participants, said they plan to attend college because of their experience. The one student who did not plan on attending college is now learning agriculture and landscaping trade skills as a full-time intern with the Student Conservation Association.

Since 2013, 80 percent of high school seniors participating in the NYLP program have continued their education at places like Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, William Paterson University, the College of New Jersey, Essex County College and Harvard University. In 2016, 8 of 10 college mentors were graduates of the NYLP internship program.

To RSVP for the event, please call Deborah Hurley, the Conservancy’s Director of Advancement & Communications, at 973.642.4646, ext. 17 or via email to Dhurley@citybloom.org. You can also RSVP online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/givingtuesday-2016-tickets-29418361110.

For more information about the NYLP and other Conservancy programs, services and volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.CityBloom.org  or follow news from the Conservancy through social media: Facebook - @GreaterNewarkConservancy, plus Twitter and Instagram - @Citybloom87. 

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening and urban agriculture, beautification of neighborhoods, job training and environmental justice.