Providing Youth Programming in Community
The intention of Greeneprints is to maximize the culture of giving that is an inherent aspect of our core business values. Greeneprints enables us to enter relationships with community institutions, and in those partnerships build opportunities for young people to learn, grow, and play through our programs like Camp Fort Greene and Tech Fort Greene. The intentionality of our programming in the areas of art, environmental stewardship, gardening, sports, science, and technology, offers opportunities to help young people leave their mark on the world. The prints of the young people we serve are green(e) because of our commitment to the environment and Greene because our business was founded in Brooklyn’s dynamic Fort Greene community.
Greeneprints Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to developing and running high quality, low-cost youth programming in diverse communities.
In all the communities we serve, now and in the future, we want young people to draft their own blueprints for the future. What will the world they inhabit as adults look like? At Greeneprints, we believe in young people’s ability to design and execute a powerful, fresh vision of their own to guide them as they journey forward.
“Play gives children the chance to practice what they are learning.”
- Mr. Rogers
THE FOOTPRINTS OF GREENEPRINTS
THE GREENEPRINTS STORY
Chloe developed and launched year one of Tech Fort Greene, a 3 week mini-camp with a focus on technology education. An outgrowth of the science inquiry component in Camp Fort Greene, Tech Fort Greene emphasizes the skills-building that derives from hands-on activities. Consistent with the Camp Fort Greene mandate to provide low-cost, high-quality programming, the weekly costs to attend Tech Fort Greene are intentionally kept low at sometimes 50% less than comaprable programs.
Later in 2016, Camp Fort Greene received certified B Corps status. This B Corps designation means that we meet the rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency outlined by the nonprofit B Lab. Being a certified B Corps puts us in great company with businesses like Happy Family, Etsy, Ben & Jerry’s, and Patagonia.
Camp Fort Greene founder Eisa Ulen Richardson and directors Andriana Spence and Chloe Taylor formed their first mini-camp with only 10 children. Camp Fort Greene grew from Eisa’s need to provide a low-cost, high quality summer option for her own son. Each year, this commitment to affordability and value has empowered other families by helping them manage their own bottom lines.
Greeneprints Inc., a 501c3 organization, is officially launched as the nonprofit that produces our youth programming including Camp Fort Greene and Tech Fort Greene. The intention of Greeneprints is to maximize the culture of giving that is an inherent aspect of our core business values. Greeneprints enables Camp Fort Greene, Tech Fort Greene, and all future programs to enter into relationships with community institutions and in those relationships build opportunities for young people to learn, grow, and play.
Our business was formally launched with the formation of Camp Fort Greene, LLC. Eisa, Chloe and Andriana developed their individual roles as co-directors and grew the program to include 25 children in a local church space.
Recognition of our work came early in the form of a competitive micro-grant awarded by local entrepreneur, Helen Williams Nurse. Owner of TracyChambers Vintage, Nurse awarded Camp Fort Greene with her first ever annual grant to a female business owner, the 2014 She Better Mind Her Business award.
Camp Fort Greene won a Best for NYC award in the category of Best for Community. Camp Fort Greene became a Best for NYC Honoree because of our sustainability practices, our dedication to staff, our relationships with local businesses and cultural and arts institutions, and our commitment to affordable value for our families.