Bronx Regional High School & Council on the Environment
Began ComNET: Spring 2002
Council on the Environment of NYC
in a Council on the Environment of New York City class at Bronx Regional
High School in the South Bronx received training from FCNY staff and carried
out surveys of blocks near the school building.
FCNY staff worked closely
with the Council staff and the Board of Education teacher to ensure that
students received thorough training, technical support and ongoing feedback
about the data they were collecting.
The students learned to identify
and document a wide range of incidents, changed their initial impressions
about the type and number of problems in the blocks near their school,
and gained an understanding of the various government agencies responsible
for addressing the problems they discovered.
FCNY requested that the Bronx Borough Commissioner of the Department of
Transportation come to meet with the class, after the students identified
her agency as the one responsible for the majority of the incidents surveyed.
recording vacant lots and dumping
The students presented reports and maps with ComNET survey results and
spoke about the surveys and their findings. Both the Commissioner and
the class afterwards told the Fund that it had been a highly positive
experience. The Commissioner was impressed with the precision and accuracy
of the students' information, and by the way in which they presented it
have learned that there are actually agencies that we can talk to, to
solve the problems."
-bronx high school student
ComNET team with Community Board District Manager
Students speak about ComNET
"I feel good that me and my classmates got a chance to report major problems that we see in our neighborhood."
"I have learned that there are actually agencies that we can talk to, to solve the problems."
"I felt like it was a very good experience because it changed my overview about our neighborhood."
"... it has changed the way that I look at things in my neighborhood because before I started doing research on these problems I honestly didn't care."
"I learned that the government should do its job in keeping the community good for its citizens that live in the community. The Commissioner changed the way that I thought about the government because she actually came out and spoke to us."