2010 Bronx Leadership Team
ASAP At BCC Goes Green
The 2010 BCC ASAP Leadership Team prepared a presentation for their peers on environmental issues in the Bronx and the important relationship between gardens and environmental health. They worked closely with the school administration, grounds crew, and faculty to initiate, design, and build a garden, as well as start an ASAP Garden Club. Currently club members and volunteers take turns tending to the plants, fruits and vegetable that were planted by the team. ASAP Director Javier Legasa uses fresh basil from the garden and acknowledges that the garden has been a wonderful addition to ASAP, bringing staff and students together in support of healthy body, spirit, and minds. The garden is strategically located next to the soon to be opened day care center with the idea that this next generation will also have the opportunity to make healthy connections in the garden.
2010 BCC ASAP Leadership Team
Electa Burke, Aliza Koszuk, Loukman Lamany, Jasmine Moultrie, Melinda McLaurin, Sachin Ramautar, Cyd Williams (Advisor Facilitator)
How did you decide on this project, and what do you hope to achieve?
Jasmine: Our goal was to get as many people as possible to come together to participate in our garden and we wanted a prettier looking campus.
How would you describe your experience?
Loukman: It was exciting. Usually in school we are given a project topic to work from. This was the first time I had the chance to be a part of a project and plan it from the start. I was very happy to be a part.
What have you learned through planning this project together?
Loukman: Most important thing is commitment. One thing is to have an idea – but to succeed in any project is to have commitment.
Jasmine: This experience was eye opening. I learned about myself and what I can achieve in a group. I also learned about all the different personalities and how to work together to get things done.
Do you have any advice to give to future ASAP Leadership participants?
Loukman: This opportunity is exciting and something you can put on your resume. It’s one thing to go to school and get good grades. It’s important to show that you have leadership potential through projects you’ve done, it’s something tangible. I’m personally very happy that I was chosen and would advise future participants to also be excited and give their best.