Focus Area: Youth Development
Grant Amount: $10,000
Based in St. Louis, MO, serving the Heritage Park affordable housing in near north Minneapolis. Urban Strategies, a national community development organization, supports a local youth program called the Green Garden Bakery (http://greengardenbakery.weebly.com/) in the Heritage Park neighborhood in north Minneapolis. Teens involved in the program started a youth run environmentally sustainable business selling baked goods with vegetables they grew in their garden.
Grant supports expansion of the Green Garden Bakery program for K-6 youth by adding a mentoring program called Green Garden Bakery Buds. Older youth from the program, alumni, and local community members will be paired with younger youth. The program uses a literacy curriculum developed by the MN Literacy Council that offers a variety of options for mentors to choose from.