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Meet the 2023 EJ Fellows & Celebrate National Pollinator Week!

The Environmental Justice Fellowship invites you to meet the Fellows!

Meet the 2023 EJ Fellows and Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Newburgh’s Environmental Justice Fellowship has begun its third year of work with a wonderful cohort of four new Fellows. We invite the community to meet them all in person 10am-2pm on June 24th at Safe Harbors Green, 97 Broadway, Newburgh. 

The Conservancy is happy to partner with Safe Harbors of the Hudson and Common Ground Farmers Market on this event to highlight National Pollinator Week and introduce the EJ Fellows who will be there with great enthusiasm, information, community surveys and ideas for getting more people engaged with the Fellowship. 

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While beginning to learn about a range of EJ issues, the Fellows have been watering and weeding recently planted trees, developing community outreach and research projects, and mapping out a social media campaign for the summer and fall. They’re eager to interact with the community and to hear what Newburghers have to say about environmental restoration and our urban forest. 

This year’s new recruits to the Fellowship - Eileen Corrales, Emily Alta, Nicole Villachica and Tyrese Billups - will share information and demonstrations about the importance of trees and how concerned residents can help care for them. 

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“Don’t miss this chance to meet four amazing young adults dedicated to giving back to their beloved City and actively improving our environment, public health and community cohesion,” says Kathy Lawrence, Chair of the Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy and manager of the EJ Fellowship Program. “You’ll be inspired by their passion, dedication and knowledge as they help to write a new narrative for Newburgh - one filled with hope and promise.”

The Conservancy centers its work in environmental justice strategies, BIPOC leadership and community engagement, with a focus on overseeing and expanding Newburgh’s Environmental Justice Fellowship Program (EJFP). We oversee this leadership development program to help young adults in Newburgh to build their knowledge and confidence, develop public speaking and leadership skills, and have an immediate, positive, and tangible impact on the environment. 

The EJ Fellowship program began in 2021 with visionary funding from the Arbor Day Foundation and TD Bank. From its inception, the EJ Fellowship Program has been a collaborative endeavor of the Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy, Outdoor Promise and Newburgh’s Conservation Advisory Council.


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