The Bronx Is Blooming (BiB) engages communities and youth in environmental stewardship through the beautification of local parks. Our mission is to revitalize under-resourced open spaces in the Bronx and to inspire communities to advocate for their parkland. BIB accomplishes this by managing park restoration projects and by inspiring local youth to assume green leadership roles in ongoing maintenance efforts. This twofold approach creates a culture of civic participation that empowers Bronx residents to be drivers of local change and protectors of the borough’s natural resources.
Since 2011, we have:
- Brought volunteer projects to 17 parks and green spaces in the Bronx
- Engaged 16,000 volunteers in 89,000 hours of service
- Stewarded over 11,000 trees
- Run a Summer Leaders Program in 3 Bronx parks with 25 high school and college students, teaching basic horticultural skills and having our students use this knowledge to lead 450 volunteers in green restoration
- Piloted a weekly youth leadership after-school program with 3 Bronx high schools, fostering a connection to the local environment and advocacy for environmental stewardship
- Planted 30,000 spring bulbs, including over 15,000 daffodils donated by the New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project, a living memorial to 9/11
The Bronx is Blooming was founded by Executive Director Jennifer Beaugrand. Beaugrand began her work in the Bronx through several years of work for the Bronx Parks Department and building a similar youth leadership development program at another Bronx based non-profit. Overwhelmed by the sense of community she discovered in the Bronx, Beaugrand chose to bring the work she did in one community to a the larger Bronx community.
The Bronx is Blooming was inspired by the sense of community that executive director Jennifer Beaugrand discovered through her previous work at the Bronx division of the NYC Parks Department and a community-based nonprofit, dedicated to revitalizing a Bronx neighborhood park. Combining her passion for horticulture and environmental justice with experience in youth development, Beaugrand launched BiB to engage her newfound Bronx community in the support of under-resourced neighborhood parks.