Astoria Houses Youth Enrichment Service

In it’s third year, the AH-YES Program is a summer program employing teens at Socrates Sculpture Park. The 2023 Cohort are Eileen, Yuki, Tenzin, Lily, Sade, Paul, Gary, Kylah, Afrida, Cristina!

The program aims to provide hands-on experience, mentorship and encourages individual growth, while working together as a team. Our dedicated teens will learn to problem solve, get creative, and use their hands to create a greener and more conscious world. The AH-YES Program Leads are Doug Paulson, Eric Mathews and Sarah Sciabbarrasi.

  • Learn how to handle and build with tools
  • Brainstorm, design, and implement sustainable systems
  • Learn about green jobs and green infrastructure 
  • Learn about banking and financial literacy
  • Learn about wellness and mindfulness 
  • Visit like-minded local partnering organizations 

The program is from June – August, 2023.

Join us to celebrate the 2023 cohort and for a Ribbon Cutting of the Rooftop Meadows & Living Walls!

Sunday, October 1 | 1-3pm
Ribbon Cutting: Rooftop Meadows & Living Walls
Learn more about the event HERE >>>>

Have questions? Please email Director of Education, Doug Paulson, at dp@socratessculpturepark.org




AH-YES – six students from Queens – teamed up with Director of Education Douglas Paulson to design and build a green roof here at Socrates Sculpture Park.  Teens learned to use tools; interviewed Anna Poaster on Hellgate Farms‘ green roof; and had a design charrette with Smiling Hogshead‘s Gil Lopez.

Built in August by reusing materials from art works at Socrates; literally tons of NYC compost from BIG Reuse, and an array of native plants, AH-YES’s green roof will attract crucial pollinators to Socrates, divert rainwater from the sewer system, help to clean our air and cool our park.

Visit the rooftop and keep an eye on our process and growth. See how a few teens from Queens have taken direct action in NYC’s built environment to help make a more sustainable city. The official Ribbon Cutting was during September New Agora.

Images: Doug Paulson, Joyce Chan, Bob Krasner, KMDeco Creative Solutions, Sade Amour


Free education programs at Socrates Sculpture Park are made possible with generous support from Con Edison, Elmezzi Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation with additional support provided, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.