GAP is a tiered apprenticeship program where young people gain skills and knowledge through structured, on-the-job training while working under the guidance of older, skilled professionals. Because GAP participants interact extensively with a diverse public, BBG wants to refine its curriculum to address participants’ and staff members’ perceptions of race, power, and privilege. Brooklyn Botanic Garden will hire AORTA Collective to help develop a curriculum that integrates diversity awareness into all aspects of the GAP program, as well as into existing staff and mentor training programs. AORTA will lead professional development sessions to help staff and mentors recognize and facilitate conversations around race, class, gender, and sexuality.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) will use the funds to improve its Garden Apprentice Program (GAP).