Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Corbin Laedlein graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in Africana studies. Corbin interned at the Steve Biko Cultural Institute in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and wrote his thesis on the impact of Brazil’s black movement on education reform. After graduating, Corbin worked with Brooklyn teens at Added Value’s Red Hook Community Farm, where he led farm work and developed workshops on social justice and sustainability. Corbin went on to complete a master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford.
Field placement: Midtown Partners
At Midtown Partners, Inc., Corbin helped to develop a community outreach and marketing plan for the newly developed Prosperity Center, a ‘one-stop-shop’ where low and moderate-income families can access benefits, services, and training to promote their economic empowerment. Corbin also helped develop the Midtown Community Garden by conducting garden lessons with the Project Innovation afterschool program, running staff workshops, engaging in community outreach, and promoting the sustainability of the project.
Policy placement: Community Food Security Coalition
Corbin researched local, state and federal policies that support urban agriculture projects. He developed case studies of innovative urban agriculture initiatives and analyzed federal funding streams available to support urban agriculture. He also assisted the CFSC policy office staff in monitoring food-related federal policy developments.