youth education / teen internships
Lowline Young Ambassadors Program

We are so excited to welcome our new bright and enthusiastic Lowline Young Ambassadors! Building upon over 3 years of the Lowline Young Designers Program, the Lowline Young Ambassadors Program is a 6-month long mentorship and professional development program for high school sophomores and juniors living in New York City. This innovative program seeks to enhance youth education surrounding science, technology engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) and will develop and strengthen important career skills by involving the Young Ambassadors in a variety of community engagement efforts. Through facilitation of design charrettes, engagement with visitors at the Lowine Lab, and workshops with experts in solar technology, plant science, engineering, architecture, arts and design, participants will gain experience in teaching and communicating science, and will acquire, enhance, and refine communication and leadership skills. In addition to ensuring that the ambassadors have a well-rounded experience that will connect them to many career and networking opportunities, these participatory activities will help to strengthen the Lowline’s commitment to creating a community-oriented public and cultural space.

This year’s selected Young Ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide variety of interests. They each bring something wonderful and unique to the table, and we are excited to welcome them as an integral part of the Lowline team!

Meet the Young Ambassadors:
Young Ambassadors
Amy Daniel, Brooklyn Technical High School

Other LES Activities: Henry Street Settlement

“I am willing and hopeful to learn more about this project and do further research on other projects throughout the city. I want to be able to share everything I learn with friends and family and carry on knowledge and experience from this program into college and hopefully a career.”

Young Ambassadors
Charisma Hernandez, Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA)

Other LES Activities: Working in the LoMA Library

“I am known for my curiosity and my ability and interest in educating my peers. I believe in their potential and know that they can do more than they think that they can. At the Lowline, I will bring my strong sense of self and an understanding of the group experience to the work of being an ambassador.”

Young Ambassadors
Cindy Zhao, Bard High School Early College

Other LES Activities: Henry Street Settlement

“I’m excited to be a Young Ambassador because we get to have a direct impact on the future of the Lowline as young people in the Lower East Side. The LES is changing and there’s a nostalgic part of it, but its interesting to use technology to introduce a new concept by recycling a space that has been out of use for decades.”

Young Ambassadors
Fraya Salzman, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Other LES Activities: Greenwich Village Little League

“Developing an underground park is unlike any other project; technology and engineering have to be harmonized to create a public experience that meets the community’s needs. I am fascinated by the science behind the technology capable of mimicking sunlight underground so precisely that it enables plants to photosynthesize and am excited by the community outreach necessary to generate support.”

Young Ambassadors
Jordan Counts, Mott Hall High School

Other LES Activities: Grand Street Settlement

“I’m excited about the Young Ambassadors Program because it will help me with completing an important part of my college future and will show me the world in a whole new way. The Lowline will be a wonderful change of scenery for the LES.”

Young Ambassadors
Kelsey Spalding, Academy for Software Engineering

Other LES Activities: Grand Street Settlement

“I love the idea of being a part of something so big, especially in an area I’ve been in my entire life. I’m excited for the future of the Lower East Side.”

Young Ambassadors
Liying Wang, NEST+ M

Other LES Activities: Henry Street Settlement

“I’m optimistic about the amount of skills, attributes, and knowledge that I will gain from the Young Ambassadors Program because I truly believe that it will someday become critical to my future.”

Young Ambassadors
Mandy Lee, Beacon High School

Other LES Activities: Girl Scouts

“I’m excited to be a Lowline young Ambassador because I think this is a great opportunity for myself and other youth to have a say in an organization that we really care about.”

Young Ambassadors
Melanie Goris, Urban Assembly School for Business

Other LES Activities: Henry Street Settlement

“I am excited to be a part of the Lowline community because of how important it is to encourage and inspire people of all ages to pursue careers in the STEAM field.”

Young Ambassadors
Michael Nuñez, High School: Pace High School

Other LES Activities: Grand Street Settlement

“I am excited about the Young Ambassadors Program because I would like to see people’s thinking and understanding of STEAM”

Young Ambassadors
Michael Santiago, Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA)

Other LES Activities: LoMA Film Club

“My morals and my overall expressive nature make me a good teacher, while still maintaining the familiarity that make a good leader approachable…Anyone who has a question about a topic can feel comfortable to ask me.”

Young Ambassadors
Nasir Mouzon-Cooley, Winston Preparatory School

Other LES Activities: High School Basketball Team

“The Lowline will bring happiness to the Lower East Side, because it will finally be sunny underground!”

Young Ambassadors
Olivia Wilk, Bard High School Early College

Other LES Activities: Drinking Coffee at the Black Cat Cafe

“I am excited about the Young Ambassadors Program because I believe that through it I will learn more about the sciences that interest me, while also being able to hopefully get other people interested as well.”

Young Ambassadors
Shannon Li, High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies

Other LES Activities: Chinese-American Planning Council

“I am excited about the Young Ambassadors Program because I want to gain more experiences and learn more about the Lowline and explore STEAM. I think the Lowline will bring beauty to the Lower East Side.”

Young Ambassadors
Veronica Vasquez, East Side Community High School

Other LES Activities: LES Girls Club, SPARC – Educational Alliance

“As a resident of the Lower East Side, I am well aware of the diverse and bubbling, ever changing neighborhood, which the Lowline has made its home. It will become an educational and positive staple to the community.”

Young Ambassadors
Wyman Huang, High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies

Other LES Activities: Chinese-American Planning Council, Green Thumb

“I am excited to be a Young Ambassador because I am able to learn from this experience and teach others about it. The lowline will be a community friendly space. If its raining outside, the Lowline will be the perfect place to hang out.”

Benefits of the Program
  • • Real-world professional experience coordinating and leading tours, workshops, and operations at the Lowline Lab and across the community.
  • • Increased knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, and careers related to these fields.
  • • Scholarship of $1,000 upon completion of the program for each participant, with average commitment of 100 hours per student.
  • • Documentation of service hours and recommendations for college, employment, or other scholarship programs.
  • • Personal networking opportunities with architects, scientists, engineers, designers, and the Lowline team.
  • Future Programs
    We are currently in the pilot phase of this program. Our current Young Ambassadors will be with us through March 2017, and we look forward to offering opportunities for more local teens in the future. To stay up to date on the Lowline’s educational programs, email education@thelowline.org.
    Get Involved

    Are you a professional working in a STEAM related field with a passion for education? We are looking for speakers to facilitate career workshops to share their experiences and inspire our Young Ambassadors to pursue their career goals. Please contact education@thelowline.org if you are interested in learning more!

    This program is made possible by generous support from the Pinkerton Foundation. Please contact us at info@thelowline.org for sponsorship opportunities or if your organization is interested in learning more about the Lowline Young Ambassadors Program.