Santa Cruz Program Coordinator
Global Student Embassy at Santa Cruz High
GSE Santa Cruz high launched in 2014 with a partnership with Environmental Science and Chemistry teacher Stacey Falls. GSE organized an initial cohort of students that spearheaded the design and collaboration with the administration to carry out a 1/5 acre garden on lower Santa Cruz High campus, adjacent to Laurel Street. We broke ground at the garden site with over 70 GSE students from Santa Cruz, Marin, Contra Costa, and Sonoma counties, as well as visiting GSE peer leaders from our partner Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian communities.
Over the past year, we’ve focused on conditioning the plot and developing infrastructure. Funding has been provided by the UCSC Carbon Fund, and work has been dedicated by volunteer students, the construction tech ROP class, and community partners.
In the upcoming school year, GSE students will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 1:40 until 4:00. We invite you to come and join us at the garden and check out our local garden team!
The community is a place of the highest importance. I have learned to be more honest and helpful within a group; providing constructive criticism and doing my share. Knowing how to work together is what makes a community.Jamison Burks