Growing the Next Generation!

  • Growing the Next Generation
    September 14, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Fundraiser/Cocktail Soiree
    September 12, 2015
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Growing the Next Generation
September 14, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Narrative Loft. 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez, #240 Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Doors will open at 6; event will start at 7. All attendees MUST be registered. ($10 registration fee, includes light appetizers)
Fundraiser/Cocktail Soiree
September 12, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Address given upon registration, for a special meet and greet cocktail soiree on the rooftop of one of Santa Barbara’s most artistically spectacular residences.

If you are interested in supporting Stephen’s work or would like to get to know him on a more personal level (or if you know someone who fits either category) please take advantage of this more intimate gathering.
We will have some special food, courtesy of amazing chef Sally Ruhl (former apprentice of Julia Child), as well as fine wine, amazing views, great people to meet and a short but powerful presentation by Stephen. In addition, you will have an opportunity to chat personally with Stephen and learn more about how to be part of his mission.

Hot off the presses! Our menu for Saturday Night! Make sure to register! It’s going to be AWESOME!!

SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

Menu by Chef Sally Ruhl

Chilled Corn Chowder with Olive Oil Dill Drizzle & Sourdough Crouton

Tower Garden Baby Kale & Tomato Salad, with White Balsamic Dressing

Tower Garden Arugula Salad with Homemade Cashew Nut Cheese Crumble, &
Shallot-Orange Vinaigrette

Assorted Garden Veggie Pizzas with Homemade Crust

Raw Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse

Petit Fours with Seasonal Fruit

Strawberry Shortcake

All dishes are gluten-free, dairy-free, & full of flavor!

Please note that all attendees must be registered for these events so we can be prepared for food and beverage purposes.

All proceeds will benefit Stephen’s work.

Let us know if you have any questions! Read about Stephen and his mission here:

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator / administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined, while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. Just named a 2015 Top Ten Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, Stephen’s accolades include a 2014 Greenius Award, 2014 Green Difference Award, 2013 Latin Trends Award, ABC Above and Beyond Award, Chevrolet / General Motors National Green Educator Award, USS Intrepid Hometown Hero Award, NYC Chancellor’s Award and various others.

Stephen has consistently moved attendance from 40 percent to 93 percent daily, partnered towards 2,200 youth jobs in the Bronx and captured the United States EPA Award for transforming mindsets and landscapes in NYC.

Green Bronx Machine celebrated a 2014 Best of Green Schools Award; one of only ten recipients across the United States.

Stephen has electrified and inspired audiences of all types with his “Si Se Puede” message of hope, urgency and Amer-I-Can innovation; heuses his platform of public speaking to support numerous philanthropic activities locally, nationally and abroad.

To date, Stephen’s work has been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Fast Track, The Guardian, Caring Magazine, Triple Pundit and on ABC, CNN, NBC, TNT, Disney and NPR as well as internationally and regionally across the country. In 2013, the United States Department of State and New York Foreign Press Corps toured representatives from 40 countries across Stephen’s worksites and classrooms. Stephen is an Office Depot featured teacher – Teachers Change Lives! Dedicated to harvesting hope and cultivating minds, Stephen dreams of opening a nationally replicable Career Technical Education public school in the poorest Congressional District in America rooted in urban agriculture, green, and sustainable initiatives. Stephen recently lost more than 100 pounds by modeling positive behavior and eating what he and his students grow in school. Stephen believes that together, via collaboration, coalition and get to yes solutions, we can all prosper!