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: http://news.yale.edu/2016/06/15/new-yale-award-honor-high-school-juniors-community-engagement
A big congratulations to Rhea!