ProgramsYouth & Schools
Growing Hope serves youth and schools in the Ypsilanti community and beyond. Our programs include garden-based nutrition education on the Growing Hope farm, in classrooms, in after-school programs, and in summer camps!
Our youth programs combine hands on gardening education with healthy eating and cooking lessons. During the school year, our Youth and Schools team runs Seed2Plate after-school clubs at Ypsilanti schools and community centers. During the summer, we employ Ypsilanti area teens as Teen Mentors to learn garden based nutrition education. These teens develop mentoring, leadership, and job skills and work on our urban farm and community sites. In addition, Growing Hope hosts youth field trips and volunteer groups at our Growing Hope Center demonstration farm and children’s garden. Our goal for 2017 is to continue to support the Ypsilanti school district to develop school gardens, and to help train and empower schools to take part in the Farm to School movement.
Seed2Plate: After-School and Summer Programs
Teen Mentors Program
Teen Mentors help young learners in after-school programs and summer camps, learn how to grow and cook healthy food, work on the Growing Hope Center farm and gardens, help customers sample healthy food at our Downtown Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market and be a mentor and example to teen and youth volunteers at Growing Hope.
Our 2017 Teen Mentor program is full, but stay tuned for applications in spring 2018! If you’re interested to learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a photo of one of our Teen Mentors preparing a delicious salad after harvesting lettuce, beets, carrots, edible flowers, and herbs from our Growing Hope farm!
Health and Wellness in Ypsilanti Schools
Find out more about the Coordinated School Health Team’s Wellness Policy