MIAMI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Education Effect’s Plant it Forward, a unique program that allows students to learn about innovations in food production and preparation, gain entrepreneurship skills and give back to their community launched today at Miami Northwestern Senior High School (MNWSHS) in Liberty City, with support from Chase and Florida International University (FIU). The kick off is part of the One America national volunteer tour led by Points of Light and supported by Chase that gathered José Andrés, celebrity chef and philanthropist, Ingrid Hoffmann chef and host of Delicioso and Simply Delicioso and Adrianne Calvo owner of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar for a discussion about how communities can work towards finding sustainable solutions to end hunger.
“These are the careers of the future—the science and technology skills our youth are acquiring are critical to solving challenges locally and competing in a global economy”
Plant it Forward is an extension of The Education Effect, FIU’s university-community school partnership that was launched in 2011 with a seed investment of $1 million by Chase. Through Plant it Forward, students will manage the largest aquaponics lab in Miami-Dade County to learn about sustainable urban agriculture, tend to grow boxes, distribute the produce at food stands and mobile markets throughout Liberty City and teach cooking and nutrition lessons at schools, churches and community events. In three years, The Education Effect has helped MNWSHS go from a D to a B school, according to the Florida Department of Education, and increase its graduation rate by 10 percent.
“Together with FIU, Chase has helped us create a program that will prepare our students to innovate and be at the forefront in managing crop systems that are sustainable, and to translate those skills into college degrees and careers tomorrow,” said Miami Northwestern Senior High School Principal Wallace Aristide.
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“These are the careers of the future—the science and technology skills our youth are acquiring are critical to solving challenges locally and competing in a global economy,” said former senator and chairman of Chase in Florida and the Southeast, Mel Martinez.
At the event, volunteers from Hands On Miami, Hands On Broward and Chase packaged and distributed 1,000 mobile garden bags to students and residents of Liberty City. The Daily Point of Light award was also presented to José Andrés for his dedication to finding smart solutions for ending hunger and poverty through his humanitarian organization, World Central Kitchen. The Daily Point of Light Awards celebrate the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world.
“We are pleased to honor Chef Andrés with the Daily Point of Light award. He serves as an inspiring example of our vision that, through volunteer service, every person can make a difference and create healthier and more vibrant communities,” said Tracy Hoover, President of Points of Light.
To learn more about Plant it Forward or One America, visit Facebook or follow the conversation on Twitter using #1America, @PointsofLight, @ChaseGiving or @FIU.
About Points of Light
Points of Light—the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service—mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 52 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,600 bank branches, 18,700 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.