South End Neigborhood Association Meeting

South End Neighborhood Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

6pm – 8pm 

  John A. Howe Library,

105 Schuyler Street, Albany NY 12202


Albany Public Library
Budget information to share, as well as updates about new developments in services and programs. May 16 library vote. 

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)
What is LEAD and how does it affect our community?

 News ,  Events and Employment Opportunities
Mazzone Catering is hiring and looking to fill positions immediately for service and utility workers.  For more details, please call Sean at 518-331-8902 

Reminder: 2017 Dr. King Career Fair is Wednesday, March 29 from 11am to 3pm at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. Over 115 employers will be there.

For more information on jobs opportunities and job training, please visit the Capital South Campus Center  at 20 Warren St Albany NY.
FasTrack AutoBody Training:
FasTrack trains people who do not currently have any auto body experience to become entry level technicians to obtain apprenticeships in local auto body shops. Starting salaries generally range from $12 to $15 per hour. This is a great starting point and if the tech maintains the position, benefits are generally available after 3 months and the salary increases as experience is gained. Funding is also available for the program.
If you are interested, please contact John Ackermann at 518-857-8853 or 518-362-8380
 These and other job related opportunities can be found by visiting: . 

EcoJustice Summer Youth program

This Summer, the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center along with A Village Inc., will conduct its five-week EcoJustice Summer Youth program for youth ages 14 - 18.  Participants will have the opportunity to earn an income while being engaged in hands-on work and learning related to local ecological and social justice issues. 
Based out of the Radix Center, youth will be employed in food justice activism through the maintenance and operation of Radix’s one-acre urban farm as well as numerous gardens throughout Albany’s South End.  Produce harvested from these gardens feeds local residents and supports Radix’s educational programs.  Days also consist of educational opportunities, with workshops, guest speakers, and outdoor field trips to local sites. 
The dates for the program are from Monday July 3rd through Friday, August 4th.

Past activities and topics have included:
·         Organic gardening 
·         Raising microlivestock (chickens and goats)
·         Urban Biocultural Diversity
·         Composting
·         Air Quality Activism
·         Renewable Energy (solar and wind)
·         Beekeeping
·         Aquaponics (fish farming)
·         Environmental justice struggles in Albany
·         Farmer’s markets and food security
·         Rain water harvesting and Hudson River Remediation
·         Soil testing and lead safety
·         Urban Climate Justice
·         Community art engagement
·         Bike trips on the Albany County Rail Trail
·         Toxic tours of the “bomb trains”
·         Kayaking in the Hudson
·         Goat-scaping in Tivoli Park
There are two ways to participate in the program:  

Employment option: Albany youth interested in earning an income through the program may register through Albany’s Summer Youth Employment Program.  Employment Program participants must attend all additional city-organized activities and events outside of Radix as required by the program.  Students must enroll with the city program no later than April 1st. Since they must also be requested for the program by us, please contact us if you are interested. 

Non-employment option:  non-Albany residents or youth not interested in enrolling in the city program may still participate in the EcoJustice Program by enrolling directly though Radix with a sliding scale tuition.  Non-employment participants do not earn an income, however they gain valuable skills and experience through this unique learning opportunity.  

For more information, please visit: 
Scott Kellogg, Educational Director
The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center
Chair, Urban Agriculture Committee 
Albany Sustainability Advisory Committee