Loisaida, Inc. Center kicked off the Summer Internship Program in July, welcoming 10 full-time interns via the Ladders for Leaders program by the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development’s (DYCD) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

It was a multi-institution collaboration welcoming students from the Cooper Union School of Engineering, St. Johns University, Scholars Academy High School, and LaGuardia High School.

Please join us virtually for the final presentations by the team dedicated to our environmental justice initiative titled ECOLIBRIUM, where they were broken up into groups depending on their areas of interest and research projects. The teams include: IoT/Tech Team: Working on creating environmental sensors that will measure indoor and outdoor air quality; Media Team: Tasked with documenting the progress and producing short video clips and social media posts; Environment & Data Team: Working on an emissions inventory, incorporating existing public data and past work of previous teams, while engaging in guided self-learning to improve coding skills and data visualizations.

We are proud of these young creators, makers and designers who are leading us to a brighter, greener and more equitable future!

At the same time another multi-disciplinary group of 9 interns have been busy producing music, podcasts, digital media, fashion, and fine art. These internships are made in collaboration with Loisaida Center community partnerships with the Listening Lab, Lynkable, the Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly (IPRHE), and the New Museum.

Tune into LoisaidaTV next month to take a look at their work!

Loisaida Inc. programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC) in partnership with the City Council and the office of the New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and the New York State Legislature, City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, NYS Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. We would like to acknowledge the support of the Hispanic Federation, Trinity Church Wall Street. The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Stonewall Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, The Promesa Foundation, and MOSAIC Foundation at the New York Community Trust. Thank you!