TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

600,000 seniors, children and disabled New Yorkers have no access to subway lines. Find out why. Find out where you can find nature, art, education and culture uptown. If you’re unfamiliar with Wave Hill, you don’t want to miss this segment. City University of New York students are helping residents of Puerto Rico as hurricane season looms. We have a preview of this star-studded 21st Century event that kicks off this weekend.

Aired on July 27, 2018.

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS,' OVER 600,000 SENIORS, CHILDREN AND THE DISABLED LIVE ALONG SUBWAY LINES THAT ARE UNACCESSIBLE TO THEM.

A NEW REPORT EXPOSES THESE TRANSIT DESERTS, WHAT'S BEING DONE TO MAKE THEM USER FRIENDLY FOR ALL NEW YORKERS.

> AN OASIS IN THE BRONX WHERE ART, EDUCATION AND CULTURE COME TO LIFE.

WE'VE GOT THE DETAILS.

> CUNY STUDENTS HELPING RESIDENTS OF PUERTO RICO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET AS HURRICANE SEASON IS ON THE HORIZON.

> AN ALL-STAR EVENT THIS WEEKEND THAT WILL HAVE YOU TALKING IN CODE.

> THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

> THIS IS 'METROFOCUS.'

WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND ED EDGAR WALKENHEIM III, BERNARD - WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG.

CORPORATE FUNDING WAS PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA, YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY.

AND BY PSE& FG, INVESTING IN TH FUTURE.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS ALSO PROVIDED BY THE JPB FOUNDATION AND THE FORD FOUNDATION.

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JACK FORD.

NEW YORK CITY COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER RECENTLY RELEASED A REPORT CALLED SURFACE DENIED, ACCESSIBLE IN THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY SYSTEM.

THE FULL REPORT DIVES INTO HOW OUR SUBWAY REMAINS THE MOST EXPANSIVE IN THE COUNTRY, AND YET 62 OUT OF 122 NEIGHBORHOODS IN OUR CITY LACK HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE STATIONS.

THIS CAN PUT AN ECONOMIC STRAIN ON FAMILIES AND SENIORS, AND THE MOBILITY IMPAIRED, RENTS NEAR ACCESSIBLE STATIONS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER, WORSENING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS.

THE COMPTROLLER IS DEMANDING THE STATE UPGRADE THESE STATIONS.

HOW WILL THIS BE ACCOMPLISHED?

. HERE IS COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER, NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

GREAT TO BE HERE, JACK, THANK YOU.

AND ALREADY ALWAYS THINGS WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT.

YES, ALWAYS.

SO LET'S START WITH THIS INVESTIGATION AND THIS REPORT.

WHAT PROMPTED IT?

I'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THE STATE OF THE SUBWAY SYSTEM AND BUS SERVICE AROUND THE CITY FOR THE LAST COUPLE YEARS.

WE DID THE AUDIT ON ESCALATORS THAT WERE BROKEN, ELEVATORS BROKEN, THE FACT THAT WE'RE SPENDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BELOW GROUND, MEANING WE ARE LOSING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE ECONOMY BECAUSE THE TRAINS AREN'T RUNNING ON TIME.

A LOT OF OUR AUDITS HAVE REALLY SPURRED ACTION.

I WANTED TO TAKE A DEEPER DIVE ON THE ISSUE OF ADA COMPLIANCE AND MOBILITY.

OUR FORMER MAYOR ALWAYS USED TO SAY WE ARE TEMPORARILY ABLE BODIED, WE DO HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW TO GET PEOPLE WHERE THEY HAVE TO BE.

WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS THAT THERE'S SUCH A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF LOCATIONS THAT ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE?

I THINK IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE OVER MANY DECADES FOR THE MTA TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY NEEDED TO ROLL OUT A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO RESTORE THE SUBWAY SYSTEM SO THAT YOUNG CHILDREN UNDER 5 COULD NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM, THAT SENIORS, PEOPLE GETTING OLDER IN THE CITY, LIVING LONGER THAT THEY HAVE TO NAVIGATE THE SUBWAY SYSTEM.

AND PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY LITERALLY GET TRAPPED BELOW GROUND BECAUSE THE ELEVATORS DON'T WORK, THE ESCALATORS DON'T WORK.

THERE'S NO WAY FOR THEM TO GET IN OR OUT OF THE SUBWAY SYSTEM.

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS REPORT IS IT JUST SHOWS NOT JUST THE DISREPAIR OR THE LACK OF COMPLIANCE WITHIN A SUBWAY STATION, BUT IT IMPACTS ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS, SPENTIRE COMMUNITIES.

THAT WAS DIFFERENT THAN I ANTICIPATED.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, I DON'T MEAN TO DIMINISH THIS IN ANY PASSION, IT'S NOT JUST A SENSE OF CONVENIENCE, BUT IT'S A BIGGER PICTURE IMPACT HERE IN TERMS OF HOUSING AND THE ECONOMY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

WHAT'S THE IMPACT YOU'RE SEEING HERE?

WELL, WE'RE LOCKING OUT PEOPLE WHO COULD WORK AND SHOULD WORK, BUT THEY CAN'T WORK IF THEY CAN'T GET TO THEIR JOB.

A LOT OF THIS IMPACTS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN UNDER 5, SO PARENTS CAN'T NAVIGATE STROLLERS AND OTHER WAYS TO GET KIDS TO SCHOOL OR TO DAY CARE.

I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS BECAUSE I HAVE TWO LITTLE BOYS.

YOU KNOW, IT IS DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE, EVEN WHEN THERE IS AN ACCESSIBLE STATION OR WORKING ELEVATOR.

AND I THINK THAT THERE'S A WHOLE ISSUE OF FAIRNESS.

BUT THIS IS HURTFUL TO OUR ECONOMY.

SO THE QUESTION NOW BECOMES, WHAT DO WE DO?

HOW DO WE DO IT?

AND WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT?

TO ME, AS CONTROLLER, THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE.

YOU'VE GOT TO --

THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE ALL ABOUT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

SO YOU HAVE TO FIX A PROBLEM, BUT IT DOES COST RESOURCES.

I DO THINK THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER CITY STATE PARTNERSHIP.

WE HAVE TO COMMIT TO A PLAN THAT'S GOING TO BE SPECIFIC AND HAVE A TIMELINE.

AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, ANDY BIFORD HAS IDENTIFIED 20 TO $25 MILLION THAT'S GOING TO BE NEEDED.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET THE MONEY FROM A COMBINATION OF THINGS, LONG-TERM FINANCING.

I PROPOSED A BOND ACT, TRANSPORTATION BOND ACT, STATEWIDE BOND ACT, LET THE VOTERS DECIDE AT THE BALLOT BOX.

NEW YORK IS BASICALLY A SUBWAY GRID.

WE LIVE AROUND SUBWAY, WE BUILD BUSINESSES AROUND SUBWAYS.

VALUE IS ADDED WHEN THERE IS A SUBWAY.

IN FACT, IN A REPORT WE SAID, LOOK, WHEN YOU ARE IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE AN ACCESSIBLE SUBWAY STATION, THE RENTS ARE HIGHER.

IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE DO THIS.

DO YOU GET THE SENSE THAT THERE IS, INDEED, THE WILL TO SAY WE'LL FIND THE MONEY SOME PLACE BECAUSE WE HAVE TO?

I WOULD SAY TO ELECTED OFFICIALS, THEY HAVE TO SPEND TIME TALKING TO CONSTITUENTS.

WE DID THE ELEVATOR REPORT AND THE ESCALATOR REPORT AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE LOSS OF INCOME FOR BUSINESSES AND FOR STRAP HANGERS.

PEOPLE ARE OUTRAGED.

THEY'RE PAYING A LOT OF MONEY IN TAXES.

THEY BELIEVE IN THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS.

THEY WANT ACTION.

THEY DON'T WANT THIS PUSHED DOWN THE LINE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MOVING TO THE CITY ARE MOVING HERE BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT TO GET TO JOBS, THEY'VE GOT THINGS TO DO AND THEY WANT TO DO BIG THINGS.

IF NEW YORK IS GOING TO RIVAL OTHER BIG CITIES AROUND THE WORLD, IF NEW YORK IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO THINK BOLD ABOUT THE ECONOMY IT REALLY STARTS WITH THAT SUBWAY GRID AND WE BETTER OWN UP TO IT AND ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE GOT TO BE BOLD IN THEIR THINKING.

BUT I THINK PEOPLE NOW UNDERSTAND, WE WANT TO SEE A REVENUE -- A REVENUE STREAM TO PAY FOR THIS.

AND THAT'S HOW WE GET ACCESSIBLE STATIONS.

THAT'S HOW WE GET THE TRAINS TO RUN ON TIME.

THAT'S HOW WE GROW THE ECONOMY.

ONCE AGAIN, GREAT WORK BY YOUR OFFICE.

THANK YOU.

FOCUSING ON THIS AND PUTTING A SPOTLIGHT ON IT WHICH IS THE FIRST STEP IN GETTING THIS DONE.

ALWAYS GOOD TO TALK TO YOU.

WE WENT RIGHT TO 'METROFOCUS,'.

EXACTLY, THE PLACE TO BE.

GOOD SEEING YOU AGAIN, TAKE CARE.

> IT HAS BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE HURRICANE MARIA SLAMMED INTO PUERTO RICO AND THE ISLAND IS STILL RECOVERING.

THIS SUMMER NEW YORK STUDENTS AT BOTH CITY AND STATE UNIVERSITIES WILL TRAVEL TO THE ISLAND TO WORK WITH THE NONPROFIT GROUPS NOHAMA, HEART 9/11, AND ALL HANDS AND HEARTS.

PART OF THE CUNY SERVICE CORPS, CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO'S NEW YORK STANDS WITH RECOVERY AND RELIEF EFFORT.

HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THESE PROGRAMS, AND RESULTS OF TRIPS AND ANTICIPATED TRIPS IS MIRA ROSA, A STUDENT FROM CITY COLLEGE, AND ALEAH MEYER.

LET ME START WITH THE SAME QUESTION FOR BOTH OF YOU, MIRA, START WITH YOU.

WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM?

I WAS PERSONALLY AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MARIA.

I HAVE FAMILY IN PUERTO RICO.

I LOST MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER DUE TO THE HURRICANE.

AND I'VE BEEN WANTING TO GO TO PUERTO RICO.

I JUST DIDN'T REALLY KNOW HOW.

I DIDN'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO IT.

AND SO WHEN GOVERNOR CUOMO STARTED THIS INITIATIVE, I JUMPED RIGHT ONTO IT BECAUSE I NEEDED TO BE THERE.

GAVE YOU THE VEHICLE TO DO WHAT YOU FELT YOU NEEDED TO DO.

I FELT REALLY LUCKY, REALLY THANKFUL.

ALEAH, HOW ABOUT YOU?

SO I DON'T HAVE FAMILY IN PUERTO RICO, BUT I HAD BEEN WATCHING THE STORY, SEEING IT DEVELOP THROUGH THE NEWS, AND JUST WAS SHOCKED AT THE LACK OF SUPPORT THAT THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE AMERICANS WERE GETTING.

I WAS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO HELP, AND YOU BNT HAVE A VEHICLE OR ABILITY TO GET THERE, WHEN THE INITIATIVE WAS PUT OUT AND WE WERE ALL GETTING NOTIFICATIONS FROM OUR ADVISERS AND COUNSELORS AT SCHOOL SAYING, HEY, THIS IS A PROGRAM, IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF IT, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO AND ELICIT SOME REAL CHANGE.

I WAS ON BOARD, APPLIED RIGHT AWAY, AND WAS REALLY, REALLY INTERESTED IN GETTING TO HELP.

YOU HAVE RECENTLY COME BACK FROM YOUR TRIP.

YOU'RE SCHEDULED TO TAKE OFF ON YOURS.

YEAH.

LET ME ASK YOU BOTH A DIFFERENT QUESTION HERE.

FOR YOU, WHAT WERE YOUR EXPECTATIONS?

AND THEN, DID THEY CHANGE AT ALL WHEN YOU ACTUALLY GOT THERE?

SO THEY HAD SORT OF PREFACED US WITH THE FACT THAT WE WERE GOING TO FLY INTO SAN JUAN, AND KOZ MET CALL SAN JUAN IS PRETTY MUCH FUNCTIONAL.

THEY SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY GETTING IT BACK UP AND RUNNING SO THE TOURISM INDUSTRY COULD BE THRIVING OVER THE SUMMER, WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO PUERTO RICO REBUILDING.

AND THEN I WAS TOLD I WOULD BE WORKING IN A SUBURB OF SAN JUAN.

I THOUGHT IT PROBABLY WON'T BE THAT BAD, DOING WORK AND REBUILDING, BUT IT PROBABLY WON'T BE ABSOLUTE DEVASTATION THE WAY YOU HAD SEEN ON THE NEWS AFTER THE HURRICANE.

WHAT WAS IT?

IT WAS REMARKABLE.

IN WHAT SENSE?

I SPENT ABOUT SEVEN MINUTES ON OUR COMMUTE EVERY DAY FROM WHERE WE WERE STAYING IN SAN JUAN TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD WE WERE GOING TO BE WORKING.

EVERY SINGLE HOME HAD A ROOF THAT WAS RUSTED THROUGH, HAD TARPS COVERING GIANT HOLES IN THEIR ROOFS, PANELS MISSING, PEOPLE HAD TO LEAVE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD.

WHAT SORT OF THINGS WERE YOU ABLE TO DO WHILE YOU WERE THERE?

WE WERE REBUILDING ROOFS, HOMES THAT HAD EITHER CONCRETE OR WOOD SIDES AND WALLS, BUT THEIR ROOFS WERE MADE OF TIN, THE FRAME WAS MADE OF TIN.

WE WERE PULLING OFF RUSTED THROUGH, AND OLD SHEET METAL SERVING AS THEIR ROOF, REPLACING THE FRAMING, WHICH IS WOOD, UNDERNEATH BECAUSE MOST OF THAT HAD BEEN ROTTED FROM THE WATER DAMAGE OR HAD TERMITE INFES INFESTATION OR HAD BEEN BROKEN BY THE WIND, SO REPLACING THE WOOD, AND LAYING DOWN NEW CORRUGATED TIN SHEETS, PROPERLY INSTALLED, BETTER QUALITY MATERIALS PUT IN WITH SCREWS INSTEAD OF NAILS SO THEY WERE LESS LIKELY TO BE LIFTED BY THE WIND, HAVING DONE PROPERLY SO THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE ROOFS THAT WILL SUSTAIN THEM.

GET THEM THROUGH THE NEXT ONE.

MIRA, WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES?

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WHILE YOU'RE THERE?

I'M INSPIRED BY ALL THE WORK THAT ALEAH HAS ACCOMPLISHED BECAUSE I'M JUST WORRIED THAT WHEN I -- WHEN IT'S MY TURN I'M GOING TO BE AT THE CUSP OF HURRICANE SEASON AND THE TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO BE REALLY HIGH.

I'M A LITTLE BIT GRATEFUL THAT NEW YORK HAS BEEN SUPER HOT.

I FEEL LIKE IT'S PREPARING ME TO BE READY FOR THAT.

YOU'RE CLIMATETIZED.

I'M NERVOUS THE RAIN AND THE TROPICAL STORMS WILL IMPEDE US FROM GETTING WORK DONE.

WE WON'T BE ABLE TO GO OUT THERE AND DO ANYTHING IF IT'S RAINING REALLYAT ONLY CONCERN.

BUT I AM NOT AFRAID TO FACE ANY OF THE DEVASTATION.

I'M NOT -- I MEAN, IT'S REALLY, REALLY SAD.

BUT I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY NEED STRENGTH AND PEOPLE WHO ARE RESILIENT.

HOW MUCH HOPE WE CAN DERIVE FROM YOUR GENERATION.

ALMOST A YEAR LATER THERE ARE SO MANY STUDENTS WHO ARE -- WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE ABLE TO HELP AND WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE ABLE TO GO EVERY DAY AND SWEAT IT OUT ON ROOFS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY'RE CREATING POSITIVE AND HELP PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO OTHER WAY TO HELP THEMSELVES.

WHILE IT WAS HARD TO SEE THE FIRST DAY, AND IT WAS HARD TO LEAVE KNOWING THAT I HADN'T FIXED THE ENTIRE ISLAND, THERE WAS A LOT OF OPTIMISM AND A LOT OF POSITIVITY THAT GOES ALONG WITH BEING ABLE TO LEAVE AND KNOWING THAT STUDENTS LIKE YOU ARE COMING AND THAT THERE ARE MORE STUDENTS COMING AND CONTINUING TO HELP AND FIKX AND REBUILD AND MAKE IT BETTER.

OUR THANKS, THEIR THANKS TO ALL OF YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO STEP UP.

YEAH.

DO SOMETHING POSITIVE AND CREATE SOME HOPE.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ON YOUR TRIP.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ON YOUR TRIP AND WHAT YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

> THE TECH INDUSTRY IS NOT NECESSARILY KNOWN FOR ITS GENDER AND RACIAL INCLUSIVENESS.

BUT THE DAUGHTER OF THE LATE LEGENDARY BUSINESS TIE TAN REGINALD F. LEWIS IS WORKING TO CHANGE ALL THAT.

SHE LAUNCHED A NONPROFIT WORKING ON EDUCATION.

TECH TRAINING AND NAVIGATING UNIQUE BARRIERS HER STUDENTS FACE.

THIS SEGMENT IS PART OF OUR CHASING THE DREAM INITIATIVE ON POVERTY AND OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA.

JOINING US TODAY WITH ALL THE INFORMATION ON WHAT HER NONPROFIT IS DOING TO HELP, THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF ALL-STAR CODE CHRISTINA LEWIS.

THANK YOU, JACK, FOR HAVING ME.

LET'S START OFF WITH ALL-STAR CODE.

HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?

I WAS A PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

AND WENT IN 2011 TO MY FIRST TECH CONFERENCE.

AND THERE I WAS STUNNED AT THE LACK OF BLACK AND BROWN FACES.

I SAW THAT THIS WAS A FIELD THAT WASN'T JUST UNDIVERSE, BUT IN A WAY I FELT HADN'T BEEN INTEGRATED.

AND THEN MY FAMILY STORY COMES IN BECAUSE MY FATHER WAS THE PIONEER OF WALL STREET.

YOU MIGHT CALL HIM THE JACKIE ROBINSON OF BUSINESS.

AS TALENTED AS HE WAS AND ALWAYS WAS, HE WAS VERY HONEST WITH US THAT HE NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT TO THE HEART OF WALL STREET IF THERE HADN'T BEEN AN ACCESS PROGRAM ACTUALLY RUN BY HARVARD LAW SCHOOL.

WITH THAT EXPERIENCE I JUST KNEW FIRSTHAND THAT IF THE GATE KEEPERS WEREN'T EXPLICITLY THINKING ABOUT THIS AND OPENING UP ACCESS THE INDUSTRY WOULDN'T INTEGRATE.

NOT JUST BEING DIVERSIFIED, BUT NOT BEING INTEGRATED.

SIGNIFICANT DISTINCTION.

20% OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ARE TAKING THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER PROGRAMMING OR RELATED COURSES WERE YOUNG MEN OF COLOR.

THAT STATISTIC IS FRIGHTENING BECAUSE, OF COURSE, OUR YOUTH ARE ALMOST MAJORITY MINORITY RIGHT NOW IN THIS COUNTRY.

THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS BEHIND THE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN TECHNOLOGY.

AND THAT INCLUDES HIRING PRACTICES.

IT INCLUDES, YOU KNOW, POOR SCHOOLING.

IT INCLUDES LACK OF AWARENESS AND INFORMATION ABOUT S.T.E.M.

AND COMPUTER SCIENCE.

IT INCLUDES THE LACK OF ABILITY OF COMPUTER SCIENCE INSTRUCTION.

HOW DETRIMENTAL DO YOU THINK IT IS TO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT THEY SAY TO THEMSELVES, I DON'T SEE ANYBODY WHO LOOKS LIKE ME?

THE FACT THAT YOUNG MEN OF COLOR ARE UNDERREPRESENTED IN COMPUTER SCIENCE WAS ON ALMOST NO ONE'S RADAR.

THERE WAS A SMALL AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT GIRLS AND WOMEN IN S.T.E.M., WHICH, OF COURSE, I SUPPORT.

BUT THE IDEA THAT THERE WERE BOYS WHO ARE ALSO UNDERREPRESENTED AND NEEDED SUPPORT, IT WAS -- THE IDEA WAS SO RADICAL.

JUST TO GO BACK TO THE GENESIS, THAT'S WHY I, ALONG WITH MY MY MOTHER, WE DECIDED TO LEAD IT, INITIALLY HELP START THIS ORGANIZATION BECAUSE THIS IS -- THERE WAS A LACK OF AWARENESS THAT THERE'S EVEN A PROBLEM.

WE HAVE TWO MAIN PROGRAMS.

ONE IS A FREE SIX-WEEK COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM WHERE THE STUDENTS COME OUT LEARNING WEB DEVELOPMENT.

BUT IT ALSO TEACHES SOFT SKILLS.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT, FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE TERM SOFT SKILLS.

SOFT SKILLS IS HOW TO PRESENT, COMMUNICATION, AND EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT JUST BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT, BUT ALSO DESCRIBING IT REALLY WELL.

ONE OF THE BIG INSIGHTS THAT I HAD FROM MY RESEARCH BEFORE I STARTED ALL-STAR CODE WAS THAT A BIG TECHNOLOGY COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR GREAT ENGINEERS, AND GREAT COMMUNICATORS.

AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES A REALLY SUCCESSFUL ENGINEER.

YOU KNOW, YES, THEY CAN BUILD, BUT ALSO WHEN IT'S TIME TO POWER POINT IT, WHEN IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT, THEY CAN DO THAT TOO.

SO THAT'S WHAT OUR SUMMER PROGRAM IS, AND IT'S RUNNING RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE 150 STUDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY AND PITTSBURGH LEARNING TO CODE INSIDE COMPANIES AND UNIVERSITIES.

TALK ABOUT, IF YOU WOULD, THOSE PARTNERSHIPS THAT YOU HAVE WITH COMPANIES AND UNIVERSITIES.

WHAT DO THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROGRAM?

WELL, WE RAISED A MILLION DOLLARS THIS SUMMER FROM COMPANIES IN ORDER TO ACTUALLY FUND THE SUMMER INTENSIVE.

BUT THEY ALSO PROVIDE IN KIND RESOURCES, SPACE TO HOST THE PROGRAM, THERE ARE WEEKLY MENTORING LUNCHES FOR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND WE ALSO DO SITE VISITS WEEKLY.

SO OUR STUDENTS RIGHT NOW ARE CRISS-CROSSING SILICON ALLEY VISITING DIFFERENT COMPANIES, SO THAT EXPOSURE.

WE ALSO -- ONCE YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR FOR LIFE.

WE'RE COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING AN ALUMNI NETWORK TO SUPPORT THE STUDENTS UNTIL THEY GET THEIR FIRST FULL-TIME JOB IN TECHNOLOGY.

TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESSES.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, THEY ARE JUST MARVELOUS.

WE'RE SO PROUD THAT 85% OF OUR STUDENTS ARE MAJORING OR MINORING IN COMPUTER SCIENCE.

AND ABOUT 95% ARE GOING TO FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES.

A THIRD OF THOSE SELECTIVE COLLEGES.

IN THE JOBS MARKET THE OLDEST ARE STILL ONLY JUNIORS IN COLLEGE.

BUT THEY'RE INTERNING AT MANY OF OUR CORPORATE FUNDERS, LIKE INCLUDING GOOGLE, INCLUDING GOLDMAN SACHS, INCLUDING AT&T.

YOU HAVE YOUR FIFTH ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT.

IT'S 350 PEOPLE COMING TO EAST HAMPTON, THE HOME OF AMERICA'S WEALTHY AND POWERFUL, AND TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND TECHNOLOGY.

OUR CO-CHAIRS ARE -- INCLUDES THE OWNER OF WEB.COM, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR, AND OUR HONOREES ARE VAN JONES, THE CNN COMMENTATOR AND ACTIVIST, AND THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF GIRLS WHO CODE.

YOU'VE DONE EXTRAORDINARY WORK HERE.

THANK YOU.

YOUR DAD WOULD BE QUITE PROUD OF WHAT YOU AND YOUR MOM HAVE DONE HERE.

BEST OF LUCK THIS WEEKEND.

THANK YOU.

BE WELL, TAKE CARE.

> FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL-STAR CODE, ALSO HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THEM AT THEIR STAR STUDDED EVENT IN HE'S HAMPTON THIS WEEKEND.

VISIT US AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> WAVE HILL, A PUBLIC GARDEN AND CULTURAL CENTER OVERLOOKING THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE PALISADES HAS BEEN CALLED ONE OF THE GREATEST LIVING WORKS OF ART, LOCATED ON 28 ACRES IN THE RIVERDALE SECTION OF THE BRONX, WAVE HILLS' MISSION IS TO EXPLORE THE HUMAN CONNECTION TO THE NATURAL WORLD THROUGH ITS RENOWNED GARDENS AND PROGRAMS IN HORTICULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND THE ARTS.

DEEPLY GROUNDED IN THE BRONX, WAVE HILL OFFERS A VARIETY OF FREE PROGRAMS YEAR ROUND, BUT MOST NOTABLY DURING THE SUMMER WHEN IT SERVES AS A FRAN QUILL ALTERNATIVE TO THE BUSYNESS AND STRESS OF A HOT, CROWDED NEW YORK CITY.

JOINING US TO TALK ABOUT THE UPCOMING SUMMER PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS IS WAVE HILLS' PRESIDENT.

I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE.

EVERYONE IN THE CITY AND BEYOND KNOWS ABOUT THE BRONX BOTANICAL GARDEN.

I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT NOT THAT MANY NEW YORKERS ARE WEAR OF WAVE HILL.

I WAS ONE OF THOSE IGNORANT NEW YORKERS UNTIL RECENTLY.

THE SECOND JEWEL OF THE BRONX.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

IN PART IT'S HISTORY IS AS A PRIVATE ESTATE.

IT WAS GIFTED TO THE CITY IN THE '60s AND A GROUP OF NEIGHBORS TURNED IT INTO THE INCREDIBLE OASIS IT IS TODAY.

THE SENSE THAT YOU HAVE STEPPED OUT OF TIME, AND EVERYTHING THERE IS CURATED TO GIVE YOU THIS DEEP, PERSONAL CONNECTION TO NATURE AND TO YOURSELF.

WE LIKE TO KEEP IT UNCOMPLICATED IN TERMS OF NOT TOO CROWDED, NOT TOO BUSY.

WE'RE NOT THERE TO ENTERTAIN YOU.

WE'RE THERE TO DEEPEN YOUR ENGAGEMENT.

SO, YOU KNOW, AS I SAID IN THE INTRODUCTION, YOU HAVE PROGRAMS YEAR ROUND.

BUT YOUR SUMMERS REALLY ARE SPECIAL, RIGHT?

LET'S START WITH YOUR WEDNESDAYS.

SUNSET WEDNESDAYS.

WHAT ARE THOSE AND WHAT MAKES THEM SO SPECIAL?

IT'S LIKE NEW YORK'S LAWN PARTY.

EVERYBODY COMES AND THEY BRING THEIR BEACH CHAIRS.

THEY SIT UNDER THE TREES WITH COCKTAILS FACING THE PALISADES, WATCHING THE SUNSETS.

AND WE HAVE INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED MUSICIANS PLAY OUTDOORS IN THIS INCREDIBLE SETTING.

THE KIDS RUN AROUND BAREFOOT.

IT'S THIS INCREDIBLY RELAXED BUT EXCITING.

EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE MUSICIANS.

THE LINEUP THIS SUMMER IS FANTASTIC.

WE HAVE A NEW YOUNG CURATOR, AND SHE HAS PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF MUSICIANS THAT REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF OUR CITY.

WE WE HAVE RAIN CLOUD, WESTERN SWING.

A YOUNG CONTEMPORARY JAZZ GROUP.

WE'VE GOT THE SLAVIC SOUL PARTY.

YOU'VE GOT IRISH.

ENDS WITH SALSA.

WE HAVE IRISH.

IT REALLY IS THE ROOTS OF NEW YORK CITY.

THURSDAYS IS A VERY DIFFERENT VIBE.

WE JUST STARTED BEING OPEN ON THURSDAY NIGHT IN RESPONSE TO OUR AUDIENCE, THEY WANTED MORE ACCESS TO WAVE HILL IN THE OFFHOURS.

SERENE THURSDAYS IS ALL WBT UNWINDING, UNPLUGGING, GETTING OUT OF ALL THE STRESS AND STRAIN, AND SIMPLY ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS.

WE HAVE PROGRAMS IN WELLNESS THAT NIGHT.

WE HAVE PROGRAMS THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EVENING HOURS.

SO OUR NATURALISTS WILL TAKE YOU ON A MOTH WALK OR A BAT WALK.

WE'LL DO STAR GAZING.

IT'S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT VIBE FROM WEDNESDAYS, BUT EQUALLY RICH.

YOU HAVE A PROGRAM THAT WAVE HILL SAYS THE OBJECT OF WHICH IS TO CONNECT WITH THE VOICES OF THE COMMUNITY.

IT'S AN EXHIBITION CALLED ECOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS.

ARTISTS ARE THE VOICE OF EVERY COMMUNITY.

THEY SPEAK TO US IN A VOICE THAT AFFECTS US EMOTIONALLY AND SPURS US TO ACTION.

WAVE HILL HAS SPENT 20 YEARS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JENNIFER McGREGOR DEVELOPING A SPECIAL NICHE IN THE WORLD OF CONTEMPORARY ART, TO FOCUS ON ARTISTS WHOSE WORK IS ALL ABOUT ECOLOGY AND THE NATURAL WORLD.

THESE ARTISTS THAT ARE SHOWCASED IN ECOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS ARE WORKING WITH ISSUES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THAT ARE PREVALENT TODAY.

OUR WATER, OUR SOIL QUALITY, HOW FOOD IS PRODUCED, ALL OF THE ISSUES OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

AND THEY'RE DOING INSTALLATIONS ALL OVER THE CITY.

SO WE'VE CREATED IN OUR WAVE HILL GALLERIES A KIND OF HUB, AN INFORMATION CENTER FOR ALL THESE VARIOUS PROJECTS THAT ARE HAPPENING OFF THE PROPERTY.

AND IT'S FOR ALL PEOPLE, BUT YOU HAVE A FOCUS ON THE YOUNG, RIGHT?

ALL OF OUR EXHIBITIONS ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY.

THIS ONE WILL HAVE INTERACTIVE COMPONENTS WHERE PEOPLE CAN VOICE THEIR REACTIONS TO THE VARIOUS PROJECTS.

THERE WILL BE PROTOTYPES AND VIDEOS.

BUT IT'S REALLY -- WE TRY TO MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

WE ONLY HAVE A MINUTE LEFT.

I'VE GOT A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT YOU'RE DOING.

SO I'LL JUST PICK HONEY WEEKEND.

IT'S SO SWEET SOUNDING.

WHAT IS IT?

IT'S ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED PROGRAMS AT WAVE HILL.

IT'S BEEN IN OPERATION ALMOST 20 YEARS.

WE KEEP BEES ON THE PROPERTY.

WE ARE TRYING TO SHOW THE IMPORTANCE OF BEES AS POLLINATORS, TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT BEES ARE FRIENDLY, NOT HARMFUL.

WE HAVE ART PROGRAMS WHERE KIDS MAKE BEE COSTUMES, ADULTS MAKE BEE HATS, THEY DO A BEE PARADE, ONE OF OUR HIVES IS AN OPERATIONS HIVE, SEE BEES UP CLOSE WORKING TO STORE AND MAKE HONEY.

YOU CAN BUY LOCAL HONEY.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BEES, HONEY WEEKEND.

IT'S A REAL TREASURE WHAT YOU HAVE THERE, AND A REAL JEWEL.

I HOPE MORE PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT IT AS A RESULT OF THIS CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WAVE HILL, LOG ONTO OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WALKENHEIM III, BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALIND P. WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG.

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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