About Us

Welcome to Christodora!

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Vision

Nature, Learning, Leadership
Many urban youth lack opportunities to learn about the environment and experience the natural world first hand. A New York City childhood is spent playing in the park, learning about “nature” in museums or on television. It can be difficult to find a single patch of green, let alone the grandeur of the wilderness and the clarity and direction it gives to our lives. At Christodora, we believe an escape from the concrete is not just a privilege—it’s a transformative experience that allows youth to better understand the natural world and shape their role within it.


Mission

Transforming Lives through Environmental Education
Christodora’s goal is to build leadership skills and academic success through an awareness and understanding of the natural environment:

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  • in public school classrooms, where our Environmental Educators teach a customized 7-week environmental science curriculum
  • in weekend urban ecology and community service programs, especially at the New York Botanical Garden
  • at our 85-acre Manice Education Center in a remote corner of the Berkshire Mountains
  • and with distinguished partner institutions providing opportunities for advanced study and wilderness programs

History

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Christodora has helped high-need communities across New York City for over a hundred years. Founded in 1897 as  pioneering nonsectarian settlement house, Christodora’s modest beginnings are credited for l
unching the career of social reformer Harry L. Hopkins, adviser to Franklin D. Roosevelt and architect of the New Deal programs, hosting George Gershwin’s first public concert in 1914 and helping countless Americans adjust to life in a new country. The Christodora House gave hope and direction to thousands of low income New Yorkers by empowering them to help themselves and their neighbors. Today, we build on this tradition to serve over 2,000 motivated NYC students each year.

 


What we do

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Christodora is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, click here.