We Leave It Better:
Angela Scafidi is a sophomore at NYU majoring in Environmental Studies and Romance Languages. She believes that education is the most important and most practical way of tackling environmental issues. Leave It Better’s core principles are values she strongly believes in, and she is very excited to both assist in teaching these values while learning from the students as well.
Claire is an artist and filmmaker completing her final semester at the Cooper Union, she was born and raised in New York City. Despite growing up around concrete she has developed a deep appreciation for plants. Claire is exciting to be a ReGeneration Corps intern with LIBF this spring because she believes we have a lot to learn from children, and that children can learn a lot from nurturing their bond with the natural world.
Briana’s with Leave it Better is a unique one. When she was in middle school at age 11, she got the pleasure to work with Graham, founder of Leave it Better. They worked side by side doing hands on work to restore a neighborhood park in my community. They planted foods and plants behind my school and she learned the process of growing something. Growing up the concept of growing and eating her own food was foreign to Briana. She knew vegetables and fruits came from the supermarket, but never really put much thought to how they got there. Working with Graham gave her insight on gardening and planting her own food and plants. It gave her a sense of pride to be involved in my community and it gave her a sense of self as a budding activist.
Joanna E. Caravantes
Joanna Caravantes is a third-year undergraduate at New York University majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. She grew up in a low-income household on Long Island and found a lot of peace and tranquility with the ocean that was nearby. She found my passion and love for the environment as it helped her persevere and now, She wants to help it as it continues to help me. She believes that through education She can also inspire students to persevere and be the role model she never had. By inspiring and helping students first, she hopes they can gain the confidence to make a difference.
Kat is a college student living in Brooklyn, pursuing a degree in environmental political communication and environmental literature. She is passionate about environmental education and has previously worked to bring gardening education to differently abled adults. When she’s not working, Kat spends her time working in different visual art mediums and loves to cook!
Krystle A. Bell
Krystle presently is a second-year graduate student at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY pursuing dual degrees; a Master of Science in International Development and Service and a Master of Business Administration. Her focus is in coastal ecosystem conservation and coastal community prosperity. Krystle is an individual who thrives in environments where she can be of service to others; to a cause in which the goal is to ensure a better future. She joined the Leave It Better team because of the opportunity to gain intercultural experience as well as build professional networks, that would allow her to pursue a meaningful career combating social and environmental injustices.