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Class of 1975
Dear Simmons SLIS Family and Friends, "Saving the Earth in your backyard? As you know, for the past five years my business partner, Jean Devine (MBA '85), and I have been empowering youth to make a positive contribution to the environment and their futures, by immersing them in nature and teaching them how to create pollinator-friendly, native-plant gardens and meadows that help to restore biodiversity and mitigate the impact of global warming in their communities. So far, with the help of volunteers and college students, we have touched the lives of 300 youth, age 5 - 21, who in turn, have created more than 5,000 sq. ft. of healthy habitats for bees, butterflies, insects, worms, birds and other wildlife. Since 2017, high school students enrolled in our Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP) have had the opportunity to earn a paycheck while they learn how to make native-plant gardens and how to run a business where they sell and install native plants for customers — residential, business and public entities — in their towns. This summer we are offering YEEP in four communities — Belmont, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham. While we are close to securing the funding for the high school students — through each city’s summer youth works budgets — we need to fundraise for all other expenses, including pay for college student mentors. So…we are launching our first-ever, very-ambitious, crowdfunding campaign. Would you be able to contribute toward our cause? Any amount is welcome! Here is a link to our campaign: https://www.ioby.org/project/funding-meadowscaping-biodiversity-0 If you have any questions, please ask. Thank you! Barbara Barbara Passero Founder/Director Jean devine Co-Creator/Program Leader Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B) Meadow Clubs & Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Programs (YEEP) 174 Moody St. #244 Waltham, MA 02453 www.meadowmaking.org firstname.lastname@example.org 617-947-6256 email@example.com 781-209-0052 Healing the Earth — through education — one meadow at a time.
Posted on September 18, 2019 in Community Engagement