This project provides paid internships to a diverse group of youth ages 14-18. These internships combine rigorous farm work, educational workshops and classes, service learning opportunities as well as opportunities for reflection all built around one or more of our four pillars: healthy lifestyle, sustainable agriculture, life and job skills, and food justice. As a result, we create a safe place where youth can grow as leaders, develop into civically engaged individuals and food advocates.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Urban Roots grew from a need for programs in East Austin that promote positive youth development and healthier lifestyles. While many areas in Austin are experiencing rapid growth and prosperity, areas such as east Austin are facing significant socio-economic difficulties including low access to health care facilities, low access to affordable food (food insecurity), lower proximity to parks and open spaces, and higher rates of obesity and diseases like diabetes and asthma.
How will this project solve this problem?
The overall goals of the CYP are as follows: To transform the lives of youth by providing them with paid internships, service opportunities and life and job skills. To provide youth with the tools and skills necessary to become community leaders and empowered ambassadors for food justice through the operation of an urban sustainable farm. To distribute healthy and affordable food to Austin residents.
Potential Long Term Impact
Although the impact of the CYP is most profound for the 30 Youth Interns, its reach extends much deeper into the community as a whole. Whether it's the volunteers at a Saturday volunteer day, customers at the farmers markets, constituents at Caritas, Capital Area Food Bank or another of UR's hunger relief partners, or even the families of the youth themselves, the benefits of Core Youth Program reach at least 7,000 people each year.
Total Funding Received to Date: $325
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $49,675
Total Funding Goal: $50,000