TROY, NY – The Sage Colleges is proud to announce that The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program will provide over $32,000 in funding to two community projects.

A grant of $25,100 will be awarded to the Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program (TRIP) to transform a vacant lot in Troy’s Hillside North neighborhood. In partnership with Troy School 2, the project will engage 4th and 5th graders to participate as community planners and teach them how to be stewards of the land. Through service learning and the involvement of Capital Roots, local artists and other partners, the vacant lot will be transformed from an eyesore into a lovely oasis in the urban street scene that will include community art and plantings. By improving the physical look and environment of 10th Street, the goal is to help students see hope and opportunity on their way to and from the school and teach them to become “agents of change” in their community while learning basic math and science skills to help develop a creative and artistic urban greenspace.

A second grant of $6,930 will be awarded to the Emma Willard School to work in conjunction with the YWCA-GCR to develop a personalized capstone program. The capstone program will teach participants important skills and will emphasize educational activities such as literature research; critical thinking; community outreach; mentorship; and public speaking. The program will provide a framework to help YWCA-GRC members to set goals and to pursue passions and achieve goals through new community connections and mentors. It will also link Emma Willard students to the community in meaningful and impactful ways and serve as a bridge between Emma Willard and the Rensselaer County community.

The Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program, which is administered by The Sage Colleges, is a cooperative venture of The Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard School, and participating agencies of Rensselaer County. The program supports fellowships for faculty of these institutions to work with agencies in Rensselaer County. The Rubin Community Fellows Program seeks to create collaboration partnerships, leading to creative solutions to economic, organizational, social and managerial problems challenging our community. The program was established in June 1990 with a gift from the Louis Rubin Family.

For more information about The Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program contact Fred Alm, Rubin Fellows community project administrator at [email protected], or visit