Founder of Green Bronx Machine & Green Initiative Educator
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator and innovator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. While moving generations of students into spheres of extraordinary personal and academic successes, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 60,000 pounds of vegetables in an effort to reclaim and rebuild the Bronx. Read More >
Students Plant Living Walls on the TODAY Show
Green Bronx Machine on American Graduate Day
Teaching by Nurturing Minds & Gardens
TNT Dramatic Difference: Green Bronx Machine
TEDTalk: National Health and Wellness Center at PS 55
In this inspirational presentation, Stephen Ritz shares the unlikely stories of how he and his students farmed their way to from the poorest congressional district in the country all the way to the White House and beyond. Through the integration of green technologies aligned to STEM content areas, coupled with innovative solutions for inspiring healthy habits, Stephen teaches audiences how he improved test scores, attendance rates, graduation rates, and how he lost more than 100 lb himself! In a community with 25% unemployment, Stephen has partnered towards the creation of more than 2,200 jobs and shares with audiences the practical stories and actionable advice about how they too can affect great change in their communities!
"Your presentation to our Clinton Foundation staff energized us to dream bigger. We thank you for taking the time to do so."
"Stephen Ritz's keynote was energetic, inspirational, and it pushed the audience to endeavour into life-changing enterprises."
"With humor and generosity, Stephen Ritz brings hope and healing to a world riddled with disease and despair. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and I cannot recommend him more highly."
"Stephen Ritz is more than an inspiration. No matter your position, he proves to you, that we really can change the world…A must-see for any person – or organization – that wants to make a difference and grow something great!"
"Best keynote EVER!"
"Thank you for igniting our Nashville National Convention Opening General Session on fire! Your authenticity and energy level are unsurpassed! Your presentation absolutely resonated with our attendees as I knew it would. You are the perfect role model for inspiring others of the potential of what one person can achieve with passion, determination and love of children as the primary focus. In fact, several members of the outside audiovisual company staff – who have seen many presentations over the years – told me that yours was the best they had ever seen!"
"In this 8 years of Tengelmann e-day I have never seen a standing ovation from the audience until now! You rocked the stage with your enthusiasm! We are so impressed, thank you so much."
"He gave a fabulous speech that was very inspiring and our audience responded with a standing ovation, which doesn’t happen easily. The entire day was a home run."
"Thank you Stephen! Your speech was both passionate and inspiring and really connected with the audience."
"Everything was fantastic! Stephen is incredible and he did an amazing job at both events."