Changing the narrative for students in lower socioeconomic areas: Stephen Ritz
Episode 60 of the Grateful Living Podcast is out!
Had the pleasure to speak with Stephen Ritz on being an internationally acclaimed award-winning educator, best-selling author of The Power of A Plant, and founder of the non-profit Green Bronx Machine.
In this interview, we talk about:
- Stephen’s journey from pursuing professional basketball to becoming a teacher in the South Bronx
- Stephen’s thoughts on changing the narrative for students in lower socioeconomic areas
- Stephen’s advice for other teachers looking to make great impact
- Stephen’s journey having students grow vegetables as a way to learn to turning that into a full blown curriculum
Through Stephen’s efforts, he and his students have grown more than 100,000 pounds of vegetables in the South Bronx, and in the process, Stephen has moved school attendance from 40% to 93% daily and helped provide 2,200 youth jobs in the Bronx.