Full Episode Apr. 10: Common Core, One Club Creative Bootcamps, Rooftop Gardens

Encore: April 10, 2014

On this edition of MetroFocus, Clara Hemphill, founding editor of Insideschools.org, and José Vilson, a New York City math teacher explore the controversy surrounding the Common Core state education standards. “It’s virtually unanimous among educators that Common Core is the right direction to go,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an April 1 news conference. “The question wasn’t ‘Is Common Core the right direction?,’ the question was ‘Are we moving too quickly?’”

AMC’s hit series Mad Men returns to the air Sunday, April 13, as does our own Emmy-winning documentary The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue, co-produced with The One Club, a non-profit that promotes and celebrates outstanding work in advertising. Mary Warlick and Traecy Smith of The One Club explain their creative bootcamp program to promote diversity in the advertising industry.

“Yes today, it is still pretty much homogeneous,” Warlick tells MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman. “ What we’re trying to do with bootcamp is recruit kids that may not have thought about advertising as a career, kids from colleges that maybe don’t have an uncle or an aunt in the business.  And this is a quick introduction to the creative side of advertising for you know, really bright, creative kids.”

And two solutions stories focused on food. First, PBS Newshour Weekend’s Tracy Wholf reports on a new way to farm the rooftops of schools. With an emphasis on science, students are maintaining hydroponic greenhouses around the city. “There’s a lot of science concepts in the farming system,” says Sidsel Robards, director of development for New York Sun Works, a non-profit that is dedicated to building science labs in urban schools. “I think it’s a great way to show kids that science is not just guys in white lab coats, it’s actually everything that’s around us. It’s science for everyone because everyone needs a good science education.”

In New Jersey, NJTV’s Lauren Wanko takes us to a food bank that is preparing students, from former inmates to those simply unable to find work, for new careers with its culinary training program. “I really can’t think of any that have gone back into correctional facilities,” food bank Director and Executive Chef Paul Kapner tells Wanko. “They have actually gotten jobs and they don’t want to go back into that life.”

 

TRANSCRIPT

> FROM THE WORLDS LEADIN CENTER FOR FINANCE, THE ARTS PUBLISHING, RESEARCH, MEDIA, INNOVATIONS AND MORE THIS IS 'METRO FOCUS.'

TONIGHT, A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE NEW COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN TESTS.

OPENING EYES AND OPENING DOORS ON MADISON AVENUE.

IT'S A WAY TO INTRODUCE THE STUDENTS TO THE PROCESS.

THE SCIENCE IN ROOFTO FARMING.

IT'S GREAT TO SHOW KIDS THA SCIENCE CAN BE ALL AROUND US

AND A FOOD BANK

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FOR FOUNDATION WORKING WITH VISIONARIES O CORPORATE CHANGE WORLDWIDE AND BY THE FOLLOWING

> HELLO, WELCOME TO 'METRO FOCUS.

THE TERM COMMON CORE IS VERY LIKELY FAMILIAR TO YOU BUT YOU MAY THINK IT'S ONL ABOUT TESTS.

COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS SET OF CLEAR COLLEGE AND CAREE READY STANDARDS.

THE STANDARDS WERE DEVELOPED B STATE EDUCATION CHIEFS AND GOVERNORS AND ARE NOW USED IN 48 STATES, SOME PARENTS ARE OPTIN OUT.

AND IN THE STATE OF INDIANA THAT WITHDREW THEIR SUPPORT OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS WE'LL DISCUSS THIS WITH TW EXPERTS.

LET'S HEAR WHAT GOVERNOR ANN DREW CUOMO SAID ABOUT THIS HE CALLED IT A GRAND SLA VICTORY.

> IT IS VIRTUALLY UNANIMOU FOR COMMON CORE.

48 STATES HAVE OPTED IN.

THE ACADEMY WAS NOT IS IT TH RIGHT DIRECTION, THE QUESTIO WAS ARE WE MOVING TOO QUICKLY.

AND ARE THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS PREPARED TO NOW HAV COMMON CORE TESTING AND THAT GRADE GOES ON THE TRANSCRIPT THE PERMANENT TRANSCRIPT AND THAT WAS THE QUESTION.

AND WHAT WE SAID TODAY, AND MANY PARENTS HAVE NOT HEARD THIS YET, THE TEST SCORES WON'T COUNT.

AND I THINK THAT SHOULD -- PEOPLE AND PARENTS CAN NOW EXHALE AND STUDENTS CAN EXHALE IT'S NOT TAKING OF THE TEST, BUT THE TEST SCORES WILL NOT BE ON THE TRANSCRIPT I THINK THAT WILL BRING A SENS OF SECURITY AND RELIEF, FRANKLY, TO MANY STUDENTS AND PARENTS

JOINING ME NOW IS CLARA HEM HILL, AND JOSE VILSON.

AND THEY BOTH WROTE OPT ED PIECES CORRECT?

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

CLARA, AS YOU SAW, THE GOVERNO MAKES A DISTINCTION BETWEE COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND TH TESTS.

DO YOU AGREE WITH TH DISTINCTION?

ABSOLUTELY.

BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT TH STATE PUT ALL OF THEIR EMPHASIS, MONEY, AND TIME INTO THE TESTS AND ALMOST NO MONEY AND TIME INTO THE IMPROVING INSTRUCTION AND HELPING KIDS MEET THE NE STANDARDS.

WHAT'S RIGHT WITH THE COMMO CORE STANDARDS

I THINK MOST OF US AGREE THAT THIRD GRADERS SHOULD KNOW HOW TO MULTIPLY, FOR EXAMPLE.

I THINK MOST OF US WANT OUR KIDS TO BE ABLE TO READ THOUGHTFULLY, WRITE CAREFULLY, AND TO SPEA CLEARLY.

THESE ARE THINGS IN THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS THE PROBLEM IS WHAT TEXTBOOKS DO YOU BUY TO GO ALONG WITH THE STANDARDS?

WHAT TESTS DO YOU GO TO SE WHETHER KIDS HAVE MET TH STANDARDS.

AND THAT'S WHERE THE CITY AN STATE HAD COMPLETELY FALLE DOWN

JOSE, WHAT DO YOU THINK

I THINK MANY OF US BELIEV THAT IT CAME AS A PACKAGE DEAL SO WHEN IT WAS FIRST SENT TO US, WE WERE TOLD THESE ARE THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS.

HERE ARE ALL OF THE PUBLISHERS THAT WILL COME OUT WIT TEXTBOOKS.

AND EVEN IF THEY WERE NO NECESSARILY READY, THEY WERE LABELLED WITH A STICKER ANYWAY AND IT ALL CAME IN ONE PACKAGE DEAL WITHOUT ANY SORT OF REA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOP THE COMMUNICATIONS WERE VERY GOOD BETWEEN THE PEOPLE WH STARTED THE COMMON CORE AND TH PARENTS AND THE STUDENTS AND A LOT OF US WERE CAUGHT IN THIS WORLD INSTEAD OF ACTUALLY HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH US I THINK THAT WAS THE BIGGEST DEAL THAT CAME OUT OF THIS DEAL.

CAN THAT BE FIXED CAN THEY BE SEPARATED NOW AN CAN YOU SPORT THE COMMON COR STANDARDS NOW?

I CAN SUPPORT THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS IF THERE WERE MORE VOICES WITH STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS HAVING A MORE COMMUNITY-BASED AGREEMENT ABOU HOW WE WILL APPROACH CURRICULU AND TEXTBOOKS.

WE WERE GIVEN A WHOLE SET OF TEXTBOOKS, AND THE TEACHERS SA WE CAN DO BETTER WITH TH STANDARDS IF WE JUST FOCUS ON THESE STANDARDS.

THEN WE GET TEXTBOOKS THAT ARE NOT ALIGNED WITH THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW.

WE'RE KIND OF ARGUING WITH OURSELVES ON WHAT WE SHOUL FOCUS ON, VERSUS WHAT SHOULD B MANDATED OF US

YOU WERE SUPPORTIVE O PARENTS THAT DECIDED TO OPT OUT, BUT AS YOU HEARD THE GOVERNO SAID THE TESTS WON'T COUNT, IT DOESN'T MATTER, IT DOESN'T GO ON THE RECORD, SO WHY NOT TAKE TH TEST

I BELIEVE IT WILL FORCE I ONE WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM STATES CITIES, AND GOVERNANCES TO REALLY CONSIDER MULTIPLE WAYS OF ASSESSING THEIR CHILDREN WE CAN'T FOCUS ON TESTING TO GET THE RESULTS WE WON, OR INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARKS AND GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS IT HAS TO BE MORE ABOUT LEARNING AND LESS ABOUT TESTING

WHAT DO YOU THINK, CLARA, SHOULD THEY TAKE THEM?

IF THEY DON'T COUNT WHY ARE WE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLAR AND MANY, MANY DAYS TAKING THEM.

IT'S EASY FOR THE GOVERNOR T SAY THE TESTS DON'T COUNT, BUT FOR NEW YORK CITY KIDS, IF THEY'RE IN FOURTH GRADE, THEY'RE APPLYING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND IF THEY'RE IN SEVENTH GRADE, THEY'RE APPLYING TO HIGH SCHOOL.

IT'S NOT THE ONLY MEASURE THEY USE, BUT IT IS ONE OF THEM

SO WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?

YOU THINK THEY SHOULD, OVERALL ALL THINGS CONSIDERED THEY SHOULD TAKE IT

FOR FOURTH AND SEVENT GRADERS APPLYING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL IN NE YORK CITY IT KEEPS THEIR OPTIONS OPEN JUST LIKE TAKING THE S.A.T.s KEEPS YOUR OPTIONS OPEN FO COLLEGE.

NOT ALL OF THEM REQUIRE IT, BU SOME OF THEM DO.

WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO KNO ABOUT THE COMMON CORE STANDARD AND THE TEST TO GET READY FO THE TEST

MORE THAN ANYTHING THEY HAV TO KNOW THAT YES, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF INTENSE PREPARATION B TEACHERS TO TRY TO GET THE STUDENTS MORE INVOLVED IN TH CURRICULUM TO TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAN HOW TO GET EVIDENCE, WRITE ESSAYS, AND KNOW THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN AN ARGUMENTATIVE PERSUASIVE AND THEY'RE TRYING TO DO THI FOR ALL SUBJECTS EXCEPT FO MATH, AND IN A MATH, IT' STANDARD THAT'S ARE JUST ONE STEP AHEAD FOR INSTANCE IN EIGHTH GRADE, THINK I'M TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL MATH IT IS NECESSARY TO STUDY WIT THEM IF THEY'RE GOOD AT MATH, PLEAS DO SO, BUT IT'S JUST THE HABIT OF BEING ABLE TO KEEP THEM ABREAST OF WHAT'S GOING ON THESE ARE THINGS THAT IF THE CAN DO THOSE THINGS TEACHERS CAN REALLY TAKE CARE OF THE REST WE'RE GETTING BETTER AND BETTE AT ADDRESSING THE STANDARDS.

WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE THE KIDS ARE READY T BE GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE WITH KIDS STUDYING ALL AROUND THE WORLD WHICH INDICATE THA THEY'RE BEATING AMERICAN STUDENTS

THAT'S COMPLICATED.

I THINK WITH PARENTS, COLLECTIVE ACTION IS BETTER THAN INDIVIDUAL ACTION SO IF YOU WORK WITH OTHE PARENTS, WITH YOUR PRINCIPAL AND YOUR TEACHERS TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS AT THE SCHOOL, THAT WILL BE BETTER THAN INDIVIDUALLY KEEPING YOUR CHILD HOME.

ALL RIGHT, OKAY CLARA, JOSE THANK YOU FOR COMING

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME

THERE IS MORE TO TALK ABOUT SO JOIN US ONLINE AND ADD YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND TESTING.

> AMC'S HIT SERIES 'MADMEN' IS BACK THIS SUNDAY TO GET YOU BACK TO SPEED, YO CAN CATCH OUR DOCUMENTARY 'THE READ MADMEN AND WOMEN OF MADISON AVENUE.'

IT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ON CLUB THEY RUN A SERIES OF BOOT CAMPS.

FOUR-DAY CRASH KOURS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS TO FIND OUT HOW A CAMPAIGNS ARE CREATED.

WE'LL TALK TO THE CEO AND TH DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY.

FIRST WELL LOOK AT THE ONE CLU CAMPS ON DIVERSITY

WE COLLABORATED WITH THE ON CLUB BECAUSE IT WAS A GREAT WA TO TAP INTO THE MILLENNIAL MIND.

I WISH THERE WAS SOMETHIN LIKE THIS WHEN I WAS COMING UP THE RANKS.

I KNEW I LOVED CREATIVITY.

IN MY SCHOOL THERE IS NOT A PORTFOLIO BUILDING MAJOR

I WOULD HAVE GONE TO SCHOOL FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN, AND MY TEACHER TOLD ME I SUCKED I NEVER HAD A CLIENT THAT I' TRYING TO WORK FOR, AND --

I HAVE NEVER DONE THI BEFORE, BUT IT'S SO EXCITING T KNOW THAT THIS OPPORTUNITY DOE EXIST.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I COULD GE IN BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT I' NOT ENROLLED IN A COLLEGE.

THEY SAID IT'S NOT A PROBLEM YOU CAN GET INTO IT IT I SAID GREAT, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND IT GIVES ME CHANCE TO GET MY FOOT IN THE DOOR

YOU WANT WANT INTERACTIVE SOMETHING WITH SOCIA CONNECTIVITY

61 MILLION CHILDREN DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION

THE RACE TO LITERACY AND TO BUILD EDUCATION.

IT'S A NEW CULTURE.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE GENIUS NEEDS NURTURING.

IN SLOW MOTION, IT'S LIKE SLOWLY COMING OUT.

AT EXACTLY 4:53 YESTERDAY, EVERYTHING WE KNEW ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN WAS THROWN OUT TH WINDOW

THE CLIENT TELLS YOU THE WA THEY WANT IT, DO IT THE WAY THEY WANT, AND THEN TELL THEM WHY THEY SHOULD DO IT ANOTHER WAY.

I BET YOU'RE WONDERING HOW WE WILL DO THIS ZERO LEFT BEHIND

LET'S GO HOME

SHELTER ANIMALS ARE NOT BROKEN THEY'RE NOT DAMAGED.

THEY SIMPLY HAVE A QUALITY THA L.A. EMBODIES OF STANDING OUT.

THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN SUCCESSFUL WE DON'T WANT TO TELL YOU ABOU IT, WE WANT TO SHOW YOU.

I THOUGHT SOMETHING LIKE THAT AT MY AGE.

WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE MOVEMENT

YOU CAN SHARE ON FACEBOOK O ON TWITTER

THE PET ID TAGS STAND OUT O EVERY ANIMAL

IN MOTION, EXCITE ACTION.

YOU SEE THE COMMERCIAL, BUT THINK THAT'S -

THAT IS OUR PRESENTATION.

> JOINING ME NOW ARE MAR WARLICK AND TRACY WHOLF.

WHY DO WE NEED THE BOOT CAMPS?

IS IT BECAUSE IT'S STILL DOMINATED BY WHITE MEN

OF COURSE THE PROGRAM 'MAD MEN' HAS GIVEN A LOT OF INTEREST, BUT IT IS STILL TODAY.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO DO I RECRUIT KIDS THEY MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT ADVERTISING AS A CAREER KIDS FROM COLLEGES THAT MAYB DON'T HAVE AN UNCLE OR AUNT IN THE BUSINESS THIS IS A QUICK INTRODUCTION T THE CREATIVE SIDE OF ADVERTISING FOR, YOU KNOW, REALLY BRIGHT CREATIVE KIDS.

SO TRACY, YOU RUN THE BOO CAMPS, TELL US MORE ABOUT IT

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, AND I FIND THE BOOT CAMPS ARE ONE OF THE MOS REWARDING AND FULFILLING THING I HAVE EVER DONE WITH MY CAREER.

THE BOOT CAMPS ARE PROBABLY TH BEST ADVERTISING PROGRAM THA ALLOW US TO GIVE BACK TO THE INDUSTRY AND TO KIDS WHO ARE ASPIRING TO BE FUTURE CREATIVE IN THE INDUSTRY AND WHO DON' KNOW ABOUT THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY IT'S ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS WE COULD HAVE

MENTORING IS A BIG PART RIGHT?

WHY.

GOING BACK TO 'MAD MEN.'

WHY IS THAT?

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FO THE STUDENTS AND THE CREATIVES THAT ARE LOOKING TO GIVE BACK.

A LOT OF THEM DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE INDUSTRY, AND IT'S A WAY T INTRODUCE THEM TO THE CREATIVE PROCESS.

THAT OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES AN WAYS FOR THE STUDENTS TO GET JOBS IN THE INDUSTRY

HOW HAS THE INDUSTR RESPONDED?

WE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED WITH SUPPORT.

IT'S BEEN TERRIFIC PARTICULARLY AGENCIES IN NEW YORK THEY WILL SEND CREATIV DIRECTORS TO WORK, AND IT' OPENING BRIDGES AND OPENIN EYES WHEN THE CREATIVE DIRECTORS COME AND WORK WITH THESE KIDS FOR FOUR DAYS ON REAL-LIFE CAMPAIGNS, WORK WITH CLIENTS THEY GET A NEW PERSPECTIVE THEY GET IDEAS THEY HAD NO THOUGHT ABOUT.

THEY REEVALUATE THEIR WAY OF APPROACHING THINGS AND IT'S WIN-WIN SITUATION.

AND WE HAVE GOTTEN REALLY GOOD SUPPORT FROM THE AGENCIES HERE

TRACEY, YOU MUST HAVE A LOT OF STORIES FROM THE BOOT CAMPS GIVE US A FEW FAVORITES.

ONE OF THEM IS HERE IN NE YORK WE HAD A YOUNG MAN PARTICIPATE LAST YEAR NAMED RICHARD MOODY.

HE IS A FIRST GENERATION GRADUATE AND HE GRADUATED THIS YEAR FROM COLLEGE.

HIS MOTHER IS NOW IN COLLEGE AND HE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO IDE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY, AND NOW HE HAS A JOB WITH THE CLIENT HE WORKED FOR, THEY HIRED HIM AND HE IS GOING TO BE WORKIN WITH AN AGENCY SOON.

SO HE IS ONE OF MY MOS INCREDIBLE STORIES WE HAVE OUT OF THE NEW YORK BOOT CAMP.

HE IS SUCH A KIND SOUL AND H HAS A LOT OF TALENT.

YOU RECENTLY PRODUCED THE DOCUMENTARY 'THE REAL MAD ME AND WOMEN OF MADISON AVENUE.

AND IT REALLY IS MEN AND WOMEN THERE WAS A LOT OF FASCINATING MEN AND WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY IN THE '60s AND '70S.

THEY WERE BIG CHARACTERS AND THEY HAD SUCH AN INTERESTING CAREER WONDERFUL CHARACTERS, AND THINK THEIR INTERVIEWS WER BROUGHT TO LIVE IN THE INDUSTRY.

WHO DID YOU TALK TO

WE HAD PAULA GREEN.

WE HAVE THE ALWAYS FUNNY JERRY DELEFAMINGA WHO SAYS THAT LIFE IN THE '60s WAS NOT THAT MUC DIFFERENCE, AND GEORGE LOIS.

THEY SAID IT WAS PRETTY ACCURATE EXCEPT FOR ALL OF THE DRINKING

THEY SAID THE CLEANING LADY HAD A LOT OF STORIES

IS NEW YORK CITY STILL TH CAPITAL OF ADVERTISING IN TH WORLD?

I THINK IT IS THERE IS A LOT OF MEDI COMPANIES HERE THE MULTINATIONALS ALL HAV HEADQUARTERS HERE.

NEW YORK CITY EMPLOYS A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MEDIA AND ADVERTISING.

I THINK IT HAS THE PULSE OF TH CONSUMER MARKET HERE

WHAT IS THE ECONOMI CONTRIBUTION OF THE ADVERTISIN INDUSTRY TO THE CITY

IT'S LARGE.

I THINK THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT, GREAT CREATIVES WORKING IN ADVERTISING AND DESIGN, AND THINK IT'S A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO THE CITY

AND I THINK IT ADDS A LOT O GLAMOUR.

THANK YOU BOTH, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE

THANK YOU, RALPH.

> WE HAVE TWO SOLUTION STORIES THIS WEEK FEATURING FOOD FIRST UP, NEWS HOUR WEEK TRACY WHOLF TALKS ABOUT FARMEN ON TH ROOFTOPS OF CITY SCHOOLS

THIS IS A WORKING SCIENCE LAB FOR STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THE EIGHTH GRADE IT'S ONE OF 12 THAT ARE PART O AN IN ADDITIONTIVE TO PUT 12 GREENHOUSE LABS IN BY 2020 PUTTING GREENHOUSES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IS NOT NEW, BUT USIN HYDROPONIC FARMING IS.

IT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO STUDY VARIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SIENL SCIENCE CONCEPTS

WE REMP SIZE SCIENCE AND TH SCIENCE BEHIND THE GROWING

IT IS A NONPROFIT DEDICATED TO BUILDING SCIENCE LABS A SCHOOLS.

IT'S ABOUT TALKING ABOU SCIENCE.

MOST PEOPLE CARE ABOUT FOOD, URBAN FARMING IS A GREAT WAY T DO IT.

NEW YORK SUN WORKS OPENIN THIS 1400 SQUARE FOOT GREENHOUSE LAB ON THE ROOF OF THE SCHOO GYMNASIUM.

BECAUSE THE SYSTEMS ARE WATE BASED, THEY'RE MUCH LIGHTER THAN THEIR SOIL COUNTER PARTS THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL OTHER BENEFITS TO HYDROPONIC GROWING IT REQUIRES LESS SPACE, NUTRIENT LEVELS CAN BE EASIER CONTROLLED, AND WATER IS CONSTANTL RECIRCULATED WHICH LEADS TO LESS WATER USAGE OVERTIME

HOW MUCH DOES A GREENHOUS LIKE THIS ONE COST

THIS ONE COST $850,000.

YEAH SO THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT, BUT IF YOU COMPARE IT TO WHAT SCIENCE LAB COSTS, IT'S PROBABLY ABOUT THE SAME

USING A COMBINATION OF PUBLIC MONEY, GRANTS, AND PRIVATE DONATIONS, NEW YORK SUNWORKS HELPS BUILD AND GROW LABS TO SUIT THEIR NEEDS AND BY USING HYDROPONICS, THEY CAN ALSO TALK ABOUT DEVELOPING SUSTAINING SYSTEMS FOR PROBLEM IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS.

WHAT HAVE YOU BUILT

IT IS A BIG -

WHAT KIND OF PLANTS DID YOU PLANT IN YOURS

LETTUCE AND KALE.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING I COUL GROW ON MY ROOF.

YEAH, IF YOU WENT TO YOUR LANDLORD AND SAID CAN I GROW PLANTS ON THE ROOF AND HE SAYS SURE, IT IS EASIER TO GET YOUR FOOD FROM LOCAL PLACE, AND IT' HEALTHIER, AND IT'S COOL

WITH THE HELP OF TH STUDENTS, THIS PARTICULA GREENHOUSE CAN PRODUCE UP TO 9,000 POUNDS OF PRODUCE A YEAR MORE THAN THE KIDS COULD EVE EAT.

SO THIS CLASS OF SECOND GRADER VOTED TO DONATE IT TO MEALS ON WHEELS WHICH DELIVERS TH PRODUCE TO A SENIOR CENTER I MIDTOWN MANHATTAN.

SO ONE OF THE GREAT THING ABOUT ALL OF THE PRODUCE IS IT'S A GREAT WAY TO CONNECT TO TH COMMUNITY.

JUST LIKE THE STUDENTS, MAN BUSINESSES ARE ALSO EXPERIENCE WITH HYDROPONIC GREENHOUSES.

THEY'RE STARTING TO GET VER INTO IT.

WE HEARD THIS HIGH SCHOOL HA ONE.

WE KNOW THEY HAVE A GREENHOUSE OVER THERE, AND WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO

WITH 20 MORE GREENHOUSE LAB IN DEVELOPMENT, NEW YORK SUNWORKS IS WELL ON THE WAY TO GETTING 20 LAPS BY 2020.

AND IT'S CATCHING ON IN OTHE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THEY HAVE BEEN CONTACTED B DISTRICTED IN COLORADO AND OREGON AND WITH MORE COMMERCIAL HYDROPONIC FARMS OPENING UP, URBAN FARMING CONTINUES TO GROW.

A LOT OF SCIENCE CONCEPTS I THE FARMING SYSTEMS, I THINK IT'S A GREAT WAY TO SHOW KID THAT SCIENCE IS NOT JUST GUYS IN WHITE LAB COATS, IT'S EVERYTHING THAT IS AROUND US.

IT'S SCIENCE FOR EVERYON BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS A GOO SCIENCE EDUCATION.

IN NEW YORK CITY, I'M TRACY WHOLF.

> NYTV NEWS REPORTER LAURE WANKO HAS A STORY OF A PROGRAM IN NEW YORK CITY THAT'S CHANGING LIVES.

THE SWEET AROMA OF FRUI TARTS AND CHEESECAKES FILLS TH AIR IN THE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF NEW JERSEY'S KITCHEN.

THESE DISHED ARE MADE BY CHEFS IN TRAINING.

PEOPLE COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHAT THEY FIND HERE IS HOPE AN PURPOSE.

THESE STUDENTS ARE PART OF RIGOROUS 15 WEEK TRAININ COURSE THE TRAINEES INCLUDE EVERYON FROM THOSE LOOKING FOR A CAREE CHANGE TO FORMER INMATES LIK MOORE, WHO WAS STRUGGLING TO FIND WORK AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM PRISON.

I HAVE BEEN IN AND OUT OF PRISON FOR MY WHOLE 20s AND I' GETTING TOO OLD.

MY KIDS ARE GETTING TO OLD

THEY LEARN FROM KNIFE TO LIFE SKILLS THEY GRADUATE WITH A FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATE.

WE'RE GOING TO PUT THEM O GOAL SETTING AND HOW TO PER SU THOSE THINGS

THEY HAVE BEEN OPERATING FO NEARLY 15 YEARS AND SO FAR NEARLY 700 STUDENTS HAVE GRADUATES.

DARRELL BARBER SPENT 12 YEARS IN PRISON AND NOW HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A CAREER AS A S CHEF

I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD HAV ATTAINED THIS MUCH EDUCATION I JUST 16 WEEKS.

MANY ARE EMPLOYED IN TH INDUSTRY STREET FROM THREE T FIVE MONTHS.

AND THE CAREER PATH KEEPS FORMER INMATES OUT OF PRISON.

THEY DON'T WANT TO GO BAC INTO THAT LIFE

VETERAN GRAPHIC ARTIS STRUGGLED TO FIND WORK AND HER SON RECENTLY BOUGHT FOOD TRUCK

IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE A FAMILY THING THAT WILL HELP US ACHIEVE A GOAL AND WORK TOGETHER AS A FAMILY.

THROUGHOUT THE TRAINING COURSE, THE STUDENTS EAGERLY WAITED FOR THIS MOMENT GRADUATION NIGHT IT WAS A MOMENT OF CELEBRATION AND ONE THAT BROUGHT SOME TO TEARS.

TEN GRADUATES ARE ALREAD WORKING IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY ALTHOUGH THE CEREMONY MARKS TH END OF THEIR TRAINING, IT MARK THE BEGINNING OF A BRAND NEW CHAPTER.

IN HILLSIDE, I'M LAUREN WANK FOR 'METROFOCUS.

SOLUTIONS USING FOOD AS INSPIRATION.

JUST A REMINDER THAT OUR WEBSITE IS THE PLACE TO GO TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT COMMON CORE BROADCASTING FROM THE BEGINNIN OF THE BROADCAST JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK FO NEWS, CONVERSATIONS, AND IN-DEPTH REPORTING FROM NE JERSEY AND NEW YORK.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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