STEM SUSTAINABLE: Project SYNCERE and The Black Oaks Center For Sustainable
Renewable Living’s Natural Urban Stewardship Education Project
Project SYNCERE and Black Oaks Center For Sustainable Renewable Living are two organizations, which are founded upon a desire to engage and foster Youth-Adult Partnerships via education, citizen participation, and connectedness. While Project SYNCERE’s focus is in the technical fields and The Black Oak Center’s primary focus is agriculture and environmental sustainability, both organizations have a passion for assisting in the empowerment and viability of their immediate communities and the larger surrounding communities.
The expansiveness, dedication, and visionary scope of the organizations encourage the proposed Natural Urban Stewardship Education Project collaboration, which is an ecological stewardship project that will combine STEM with sustainable energy and renewable agriculture, to design and build year-round, urban agriculture markets and gardens in various Chicago neighborhoods. Ecological stewardship is a holistic approach to community engagement, sustainability, and empowerment, which can be bolstered by its inherent inclusion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Those affected neighborhoods should include those that are without ready access to fresh, organic produce, which impedes their food security. In addition, the gardens will help beautify neighborhoods and enhance citizen participation, pride, and appreciation, creating a heightened sense of community and fostering a sense of community connectedness that may further link Pembroke Township and Chicago. This community engagement and ecological stewardship project will support the vision of both Project SYNCERE and The Black Oaks Center For Sustainable Renewable Living by utilizing STEM design, agricultural stewardship and energy renewal, and Youth-Adult Partnerships to ensure that collective urban and rural service learning communities can be further enhanced, sustained, and empowered.