The mission of the Door Campaign is to show inner-city youth that they can be the change they want to see in the world. The organization’s name reflects its goal of opening doorways to fields that youth may not otherwise encounter, creating avenues of education and employment.
Current projects focus on aquaponics—the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics in which farmed fish provide nutrients for plants grown in water. By introducing middle and high school students to aquaponics, The Door Campaign provides hands-on instruction in ecology, biology, and sustainability. Students working with aquaponics learn directly a number of lessons, ranging from the anatomy of fish to the impacts of population change and the science of food production.
By establishing aquaponics facilities in the community, The Door Campaign seeks to help communities learn how to grow their own food, maintain water quality, and take care of fish. This innovative approach to social change fosters a sense of empowerment and accountability in the broader community while creating a social space for community members to come together and create a sustaining model for growth and revenue.
The Door Campaign
Quincy Kofi Swatson
101 Hazlett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15214