Rego Park Green Alliance Members Selected For Volunteer Commercial

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

3D Design And Printing NYC (Classes)

Yvonne Shortt, the Executive Director of the Rego Park Green Alliance, is a  pioneer in Creative STEM. Creative STEM engages artists, historians, designers, and so many of our disenfranchised and disengaged youth. It is a strong program that promotes empowerment, education, and sustainability.

The Rego Park Green Alliance is teaching 3D Design and Printing in schools and non profits in Manhattan and Queens. "3D Design and Printing is a great way to teach STEM to students who might not otherwise be engaged," says Mrs. Shortt.  "Our miniature doll house furniture class has been very effective for girls and our toy design class has been great for the boys," says Mrs. Shortt.  The Rego Park Green Alliance will also be teaching a free intro class at the NYC Queens Public Library this winter for 1 1/2 hours in Forest Hills.

You can also take 3D design and printing at the Rego Park Green Alliance space at 36-46 37th Street in LIC. The location is accessible by train and car. To find class dates go to or call the office at 347 201 2186.

The Rego Park Green Alliance is a group that acts in a non profit manner and is fiscally sponsored by Open Space Institute a 501c3 organization.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our School Garden Will Go National

Our School Garden Will Go National

In May, the Rego Park Green Alliance worked with students from 4th grade to create a vegetable garden.We were partially financed by YSA and Citizens Committee. A small portion of our story will air nationally. We can be seen in New York on channel 5 (FOX), 9:30 AM on Saturday 10/20. 

Thank you P.S. 139 4th grade class, Mrs. Efrem, and Mrs. Meade for helping to make this happen. I don't know how much of our story will air, but it was great to have the kids being interviewed. Hopefully we will inspire others to make a difference!

Yvonne Shortt
Executive Director
Rego Park Green ALliance...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

3D Design and Printing Comes to Queens

Yvonne Shortt, a true visionary in after school programming, is bringing 3D Design and Printing classes to public schools/non profits in Queens and Manhattan. Yvonne is also hard at work with the FHYAA to bring it to all kids in all schools around the Rego Park/Forest Hills community.

If you would like to take weekend classes at the Rego Park Green Alliance in Long Island City,Queens  at 36-46 37th please register at or call 347-201 2186

Yvonne Shortt started teaching after school classes when she moved her daughter from Manhattan to Queens and saw her daughter no longer had access to robotics or Scratch classes.  "Everyone deserves to have access to cool new technologies that emphasize STEM while allowing the student to pursue their own objectives." says Shortt. And. this is why she is hard at work making things happen in her community that will inspire generations to come.  In the past Yvonne has taught robotics, Scratch, and claymation classes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rego Park 2012: A Photo Journalism Project

Don’t Box Us In

The Rego Park Green Alliance in conjunction with the community is working on a new initiative called Don’t Box Us In.

The initiative is based on the fundamental idea that we are more than our census numbers. All too often people look at a number like 30 percent Asian or 70 percent immigrant and ideas are formed about that neighborhood. As a community we want to be judged by our people and our actions. Numbers do not define us nor do they speak to who we are as people. The “Don’t Box Us In” project will look to the community to document who we are as a community.

The Rego Park Green Alliance is calling on the Rego Park community to send in their photos. These photos will be put online and be on displayed around the community.

What We Need
Send in your photo with a caption. It could be a photo of a place in Rego Park or a person, or some action.  You are the photojournalist and you get to decide how Rego Park should be documented.

For additional questions please contact Yvonne Shortt at 917 597 3089 or email her at

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Modeling For The Future

Modeling For The Future is a project that involves the local and international community sending in photos that include a structure ( a house, temple, chair). These photos are then used as inspiration to create design structures for the future. For example, a photo of a farm that includes a grain silo can be used as inspiration to create a cylindrical house of tomorrow. The house is designed and scaled using 3D design tools.  Then, the scaled house is fabricated ( physically created using AB plasticine) using a 3D printer.  Executive Director, Yvonne Shortt, will be creatively designing with the community including schools, libraries, and community centers. Then, the model designs and photos will be put into a book.  The book and the models will be on display around NYC.  To get involved please contact Yvonne at 917 597 3089

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Rego Park Green Alliance participated with youth in the Paper Art Project, a project designed to get people thinking about repurposing paper.  At the fair children worked hard to create roses out of paper to attach to a paper dress on a wire form.  The paper dress will e exhibited at schools and a local library.  Children and adults also answered questions about repurposing and recycling.  Thank you Disney for the grant and thanks to everyone for coming out.  We had around 1,000 people come to the fair.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

3rd Green for Queens Earth Day Fair

DON’T MISS THIS FREE ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT!  Lots of information and fun for adults and for children!

3rd Green for Queens Earth Day Fair
      Sunday, May 6, 1 to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss our FREE Environmental Festival for everyone!

Earth Friendly Fun for Kids: Activities & Music, Eco-crafts & Cooking!

  • Paper dresses created bykKids thanks to a Disney Youth Grant
  • Bash the Trash Environmental Arts
  • Create an edible eco-system & make a seed necklace
  • Snakes & Worms & Other Wild Animals!         

Green Vendors, Info rmation & Exhibits for Adults
  • Vegan chefs show you how to cook healthy & green!
  •  Learn how you can save energy, save $ & fight global warming!
  • Sign up for a FREE energy audit or for clean wind energy (bring one year of your gas & electric billS)
  • Learn about neighborhood organic food coops, community gardens, and bike paths.
  • Free giveaways

And for all: sushi, wraps, pickles, smoothies & other DELICIOUS HEAL

Presented by the Central Queens YM & YWHA with Bamboomoves, Cub Pack 96, Church in the Gardens, Forest Hills CSA,  Forest Hills Jewish Center, Glendale CSA, Hillcrest Jewish Center, Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, Marathon JCC, Queens Harvest Food Coop, Queens Holistic Moms, Queens Jewish Center, Queens Jewish Community Council,  Reform Temple of Forest Hills, Rego Park Green Alliance, Rego Park Jewish Center, Solomon Schechter School of Queens, Transportation Alternatives, Tuv Ha’Aretz CSA and
co-sponsors by Community Environmental Center , Hazon, NYC Friends of Clearwater, NY League of Conservation Voters, Queens Botanical Gardens , and Transportation Alternatives
At the Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 Street in Forest Hills
(718) 268-5011, ext. 151 or pkurtz@cqy.