Socrateens’ Resilience Lab

Socrateens’ Resilience Lab (formerly AH-YES) participants work together to improve the built environment at Socrates, and make it more sustainable.  In 2022 and 2023, participants designed and built two roof-top meadows and living walls – now home to hundreds of native plants growing on 28 tons of soil.

“I would describe this experience as an opportunity for growth. Not only for yourself but for the environment. Learning new tools, skills, and mindsets, I was able to work with a wonderful team and create a strong bond through a common goal that was building a green roof.” – Tenzin, AH-YES ‘22

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. 

  • 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 

To apply to the 2024 Program (July – August) visit HERE >>>

Have questions? Please email Director of Education, Doug Paulson, at




AH-YES (2022) – 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.