Youth Community Gardens

Youth Community Gardens

This youth-centered,community-based outreach program was developed to use gardening as a vehicle to mentor at-risk teenagers.

 

The program was conducted in conjunction with Alliance High School and Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health.  And we are extremely grateful to the Stark Community Foundation for providing the funding for the program.

In the garden, our at-risk teens learned to work cooperatively with others, practice patience, and feel pride in their accomplishments. This project also introduced them to fresh nutritious foods, and provided an opportunity for them give to their community. We are thankful for the opportunity to implement this great program.

Project Summary

The program is designed to:

  • Build positive self esteem
  • Encourage good citizenship
  • Foster a good work ethic

Participating teens gain:

  • Work Skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Teamwork experience

They learn about:

  • Horticulture
  • Plant Science
  • The Environment
  • Nutrition
  • Art
  • Cooking fresh foods

We have two garden sites, one on the grounds of the Alliance High School and the other here at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve.

Beech Creek provides a program Director, plants, seeds, and tools. We collaborate with the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health organization and the Alliance High School to offer this program to students in need of mentoring and guidance.

Since 2011, we have worked with over 400 students.

The students plant and maintain the garden all season and then reap the rewards as they share produce with their families.

Teens are always happy to donate any abundance to the community food pantry.

Click here to read the complete 2012 UYG Project Summary.

Click here to read the complete 2012 UYG Report for Stark Community Foundation.

 

UYG teen learns about plant propagation

UYG teen learns about plant propagation

UYG - Teen Learns to Assess Growth of Eggplants

UYG Teen Learns to Assess Growth of Eggplants

UYG - Teens Find 1st Ripe Cherry Tomato

UYG Teens Find 1st Ripe Cherry Tomato

UYG Harvest Time

UYG Harvest Time

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