I have been meaning to post this really great video that was made of the Architects for a Green Legacy project from the summer 2013 – a partner project between the Evergreen Foundation, the Grandview Woodland Food Connection, and Streetfront Alternative class at Britannia. It was a great project that saw the installation of various environmental art pieces in the Britannia School garden
Architects for a Green Legacy is a program that works to celebrate the abilities of youth, to build bridges to promote cross-cultural learning, to increase access to urban green space and foster environmental stewardship.
Over an 2 week period, a group of 14 youth from Streefront, representing diverse backgrounds and cultures, worked together to transform the Britannia School garden. What was unique about this approach was that the design process came from the youths’ alone. They decided how best to use the site creatively to celebrate identities and nature.
The project brought together youth’s ideas of who and where they are with action that affirms their local hangout, healthy neighbourhoods and a sustainable society. Skill building, collective decision making, and a train the trainer approach inspired the youth to active involvement within their school community. It also helped develop invaluable skills through training and experience, and bring these youth together in a mutual task that celebrated their shared and differing identity/ies.