Diversity in STEM Outreach Project (AKA DISOP) launched in 2019 “Urban Horticulture Experience” to add to the Young Explorers in Science and Engineering Program’s curriculum which aims to increase awareness of urban horticulture and environmental education to early learners in underrepresented communities across Metro-Atlanta.
“We want students to connect with the plants and environment in their communities and advocate to making it better” – Niakesha Woodley, Founder & Executive Director.
On June 1, 2021, the Diversity in STEM Outreach Project leadership team and volunteers attended an Urban Garden ribbon cutting ceremony located in South Fulton hosted by the Mary Parker Foundation. The location of the Urban Garden is in a food desert where access to fresh fruits and vegetables is limited. With a community urban garden, more families will have access to organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
At this event, the community and volunteers were invited to sow seeds to help water the new plants. Our DISOP young volunteers along with the Executive Director and Board member participated in this event and donated gifts of seeds to fulfill the needs of a community garden.
We look forward to supporting additional programs that support urban horticulture education and outreach. The Mary Parker Foundation has plans to offer gardening workshops soon.
About Diversity in STEM Outreach Project
DISOP promotes an opportunity through early intervention and exposure for students in underrepresented communities to boost STEM and literacy skills through project-based learning experiences. Summer programs play an important part in exposing students to nature and the environment in a fun and safe environment. It builds on skills needed to succeed in STEM.
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