Congratulations to Rhea Grant!

One of our program participants was one of only 20 students selected out of 800 across the country to be awarded a Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement!

In Rhea's message to Tanner (our program coordinator):

"Hi Tanner I have amazing news! I won the Yale Bassett award out of 800 applicants!!! Thank you so much for writing my recommendation, I'm truly so grateful for Groundwork and all the amazing opportunities it has opened up for me" - Rhea Grant

We are proud of Rhea and invite you to send a message of congratulations to her.

Rhea has been a part of Groundwork Bridgeport since 2015 when she participated in our summer program which included work at National Historic site Weir Farm in Wilton, CT. She traveled with us last summer to Gateway National Recreation Area where she worked with other students to renovate a chapel. She also went with us to Cape Cod National Seashore where she and another four students worked with Tanner as well as National Park Service staff doing trail work along the Nauset Marsh Trail. She then participated in a week long Water Bootcamp program funded by the EPA where Tanner taught students about our public water system and about careers in the water industry. She also worked with us on the outreach we did for Bridgeport's Waterfront Redevelopment plan. Even though she now lives in Milford, she has since continued to come down to Bridgeport to volunteer with us on tree plantings and other community service and engagement activities.

See full description of award here:

A big congratulations to Rhea!


Final Public Meeting for the Bridgeport Waterfront Plan

Civic Moxie and City of Bridgeport staff will be hosting the final public meeting to review and discuss the Bridgeport Waterfront plan.

Come see the final draft of the plan and find out how to get involved in implementing ideas.

The meeting will take place on the 17th floor of the Park City Plaza Building downtown with a great view of the waterfront. Refreshments, Spanish translation, and kids’ activities will be provided; free parking will be available in a garage on John St; you can receive a parking pass at the meeting (or walk, take the bus, or bike over). So bring your family and friends!

Date and Time: Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 5:30 pm.


Groundwork Bridgeport Launches 'Love Your City! Challenge'



BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (January 25, 2017) – Groundwork Bridgeport, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental, economic, and social well-being in Connecticut’s largest city, today announced the launch of their first-ever “Love Your City!” Challenge.

Groundwork Bridgeport is calling on high school students from Bridgeport to come up with a beautification project they would like to implement to help breathe new life into one of the city’s parks located in the East Side Neighborhood. Thanks to support from a Social Venture Partners Pitch Fest that Groundwork Bridgeport won in October 2016, the winning team will receive $500 from Groundwork Bridgeport to make their project a reality.

“We don’t see this challenge as just a competition, but rather a fun and engaging way for students to build community pride and think differently about their city” says Executive Director, Christina Smith.

The “Love Your City!” Challenge is just one of many initiatives of Groundwork Bridgeport, which for almost two decades, has worked towards its mission of improving Bridgeport's physical environment. Through programs that aim to beautify and revitalize the city, Groundwork Bridgeport has built community gardens, organized community cleanups, and planted hundreds of trees and flowers while at the same time providing numerous opportunities for local high-school youth to learn and engage with their community.

Recruitment for Love Your City! Challenge teams will begin in March. Entries will be judged in front of a panel in May with project implementation taking place in the summer.

About Groundwork Bridgeport

Last year, Groundwork Bridgeport had more than 120 students from Bridgeport participate in its programs. All high school seniors who were part of last year’s programs went on to graduate and attend college. Groundwork Bridgeport also created more than 80 paid jobs in 2016 for Bridgeport students to earn money and much needed experience.

To learn more about how you can participate in the Love Your City! Challenge or help Groundwork Bridgeport continue to have a positive impact on Bridgeport and its young people go to

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Spring After-School Program Recruitment

This spring Groundwork Bridgeport is offering two paid opportunities for high school students. 

The first is a 6-week program that will provide youth with the opportunity to learn about urban forestry and participate in community service projects. One student in our fall session of the 6-week program described it as an “innovative program that enriches youth to step outside of what they know and take a different perspective on the beauty around them.” (Isaiah Oden, Bullard Havens Technical High School).

The second program will have high school students helping with Groundwork Bridgeport’s new initiative to activate and revitalize a park in the East Side of Bridgeport. It is called the Love Your City! Challenge and will provide youth with the opportunity to learn about community organizing and event promotion as they help promote the Love Your City! Challenge and get fellow high-students to submit ideas for activating and revitalizing Washington Park.

Download an application here or pick one up from our office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but those submitted by January 31st, 2017 will be given priority.  Applications can be submitted via email, postal mail, or dropped off to our office. Please call 203-335-6126 for more information.