88th Precinct Community Council

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Places to Learn and Grow!


 Places to Learn & Grow

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Ways We Can Live Green


Below are topics that we are or in the near future going to address relative to the environment and implement ways we can live Green

Places to Learn and Grow is one of the 88th Precinct’s Community Council’s new programs with various initiatives.  We meet in the summer months on a weekly basis; some attend Camp Bernie, work special events, and volunteer throughout the year.  During the fall, winter and spring we attempt to meet at least on a bi-monthly basis keeping our projects alive and thriving.  They all have to maintain at minimum a “C” average in school and be good citizens, participate in all aspects of the program and be open minded to new and innovative things. 

  • Safe Places to Learn and Grow
    We are providing safe havens during non–school hours and offer structured activities that:
    • Nurture young people's skills and capacities, including social skills, vocational interests and civic responsibility.
    • Protect youths from violence and other dangerous or negative influences.
    • Create peer groups in which youths exert a positive influence on each other.
    • Provide opportunities for children and youths to contribute to their communities and society.
    • Increase opportunities for youths to understand and use technology, such as computers and the Internet.
    • Enhance youth’s knowledge and guide them to take a proactive approach in learning more about their environment and educate others of their findings.  
  • Increase Educational Enhancement
    Our programs are intended to prepare our young people for higher education or the workplace and equip them to be responsible citizens. Activities in this program category:
    • Enrich academic performance and educational commitment.
    • Enrich young people's knowledge and understanding of their culture and the cultures of those around them.
    • Provide a foundation in basic skills, such as reading, writing, mathematics, science, technology, environment and communication.
    • Enhance thinking skills, such as creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and reasoning.  
  • Mentoring Children
    • Our programs offer young people sustained relationships with caring adults and/or peers who serve as positive role models. Our mentors may be parents, extended family members or other caregivers; community members; teachers; older peers or others who spend time with youth.

Speak Up (Work In Progress)  


1.      Write a letter/petition to an elected official (the president, senators, mayors, etc.) about an environmental issue.    

April 2009 we began our petition signing operation as a part of “The Sky Belongs To Us” campaign, see below 

As Vice President Gore has said, we are in a planetary emergency--an emergency that demands bold and courageous action. To stop global warming and to reverse the extraordinary environmental destruction that is taking place around the world, we must tell Congress that if they want to keep their jobs they must take stronger and immediate action. Please sign the petition below and join us in our effort to let Congress know that we cannot wait any longer.  


Dear Members of Congress:  


We elected you to lead, and are now asking you to lead us out of the climate crisis with the boldness and courage that the crisis requires.  As the home of the world’s boldest innovators, the world’s strongest economy, and one of its leading democracies, the United States Congress must champion the effort to solve global warming or risk losing our economic future and our democratic principles.    


We demand that Congress act now to cap greenhouse gas emissions and stop global warming by implementing the following:  


                                                              i.      Impose an immediate moratorium on the building of all new conventional coal-fired power plants, and require a phase out of 30 percent of existing coal plants by 2030.   

                                                            ii.      Require that all utilities generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.  

                                                          iii.      3.      Require that all new buildings, renovations and developments immediately reduce fossil-fuel energy consumption by 50 percent, and that all new buildings become ‘carbon neutral’   by 2030.  

                                                          iv.      Protect the poor and middle class from unfairly bearing the cost of solving the climate crisis.


Special Note:  As of today, we have obtained over 2,000 signatures.  We are still collecting signatures and anticipate on submitting our petitions April 2010.   


2.      Join an environmental club. 

August 2008 we became member of: Teens for Planet Earth and the Ski Belong to Us Campaigns  


We will choose a conservation project.  Our Theme is Community Education and/or Habitat, our Sub-Theme maybe one of the following:  


Creative Writing and Theatre  

1.      Get Caught in the Web

(develop our own conservation website)

2.      The New Globe Theatre

(be the star of our own show- with a conservation message)

3.      Read All About It!

(Produce and distribute and environmental newsletter); or

4.      A Walk On the Wild Side

(design signs, maps and pamphlets for our community.  

Spreading the Word   

1.      A Penny For Your Thought

(find out what our community members really think about conservation by interviewing them)

2.      Teen Talk  

(talk and work with teen peers on ways to save the environment) or

3.      Tourist Trap

(help by suggesting ways that the community can take green vacations)   

The Great Out Doors  

1.      A Walk On The Wild Side

(develop a “community” nature trail)

2.      Uninvited Guest  

(help prevent uninvited species from taking over our community) or

4.      Map It Out  

(create a “green map” to show our community where environmentally significant areas are)   


We as a group will determine which Sub-Theme(s) we will be working. 


In addition, the items listed below are also part of our intended agenda for the 2014-2015 timeframe.  We will start with one and when that becomes second nature, we will pick another one.  It's that simple to live green.  


Waste Not, Want Not (Items Highlighted are a Work In Progress)

 1.      Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper.

2.      Buy a reusable water bottle.

3.      Take a five minute shower.

4.      Take reusable bags with you whenever you go shopping.

5.      Reduce unnecessary packaging. Reuse materials whenever possible. Recycle everything you can.

6.      Use washable food containers instead of disposable plastic wrap and bags.

7.      Buy recycled paper, use both sides, and think twice before you print.  

Save Your Energy  

1.      Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

2.      Walk, bike, or use public transportation instead of driving.

3.      Put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat. 

4.      Shut off lights, computers, and other electronic equipment when you're not using them.

5.      Use a fan instead of air conditioning.   

For Health's Sake  

1.      Use natural soaps and cleaning products.

2.      Reduce the amount of animal products you eat.

3.      Start composting your kitchen and yard waste.

4.      Buy locally grown and/or organic produce.

5.      Grow only native plants and don't use pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals.

6.      Support a local science institution, such as a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden or nature center. 


Ultimately we intend to apply for the Service Awards


The Teens for Planet Earth Service Awards recognize teens around the world for service-learning projects that demonstrate their commitment to the environment.  TPE teams whose projects are deemed to be of exceptional quality are awarded at three levels:

Bronze: Recipients of the Bronze Award receive a Certificate of Merit from the Wildlife Conservation Society for their achievements.

Silver: Recipients of the Silver Award receive a Certificate of Distinction from the WCS for their achievements as well as a webpage devoted to showcasing their team’s service-learning project on the TPE website.  The winning teams are profiled in the Teens for Planet Earth Service Awards Report.

Gold: Recipients of the Gold Award receive a Certificate of Excellence from the WCS for their achievements; a webpage on the TPE website; a profile in the Teens for Planet Earth Service Awards Report; and US $1,000 to further enhance their project or education.

Selection is highly competitive.  As part of your application, we must submit a report with specific project data, photo documentation, testimonials, and more.