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Youth Make a Difference Initiative

2016 Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the new Opal® Apple 2016 Youth Make a Difference initiative semi-finalists! Grants will be awarded to 10 of these 20 youth-based organizations serving their communities in the U.S. where youth, ages 6 – 25, take leadership roles in initiatives surrounding food, nutrition and agriculture.

Community Health Forever

Todd County, South Dakota, home to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, has the highest rate of diabetes and obesity in the state. Bartlett Community Visions seeks to preserve the community and improve health through maintaining box gardens, fruit and other trees for individual households.

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Garden Clubs and Food Forests

Through Garden Clubs and Food Forests, five Ojai elementary schools are able to provide a permaculture based, edible learnscape for students in grades K-6.

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Watch Muskegon GROW

McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, an initiative of Community enCompass, provides employment, training, and hands-on education to Muskegon, Michigan’s core-city youth, providing them quality leadership skills.

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Feed the Seed

The Feed the Seed program addresses all issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture, and food politics. The program will be implemented at the Family Enrichment Center in Gulfport, Mississippi with a partnering elementary school in the neighborhood.

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Junior Leadership and Food Recovery Program

A big part of the mission here is through food recovery. The Galloping Grace Youth Ranch acquires food waste from schools and grocery stores to feed their livestock - over half a ton on a daily basis.

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Hope-4-Hope Garden

The Hope-4-Hope Garden is a youth led garden that harvests and donates to Hope House Ministries, who then distributes the fresh vegetables to those in need.

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Healthy Lifestyles

Over 50 percent of children in the Port Angeles and Sequim School Districts in Washington state are eligible for free or reduced lunches. To address this food insecurity, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula members are served with a nutritious supper daily with a meal patterned after a USDA offering including milk.

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Wyoming County Farm to School Initiative

Through Wyoming County Farm to School Initiative, students 1st-8th grade will plant, grow, and maintain native West Virginian golden delicious apple trees for the Wyoming County Community Orchard.

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Youth Urban Farm Training Program

The mission of this Memphis, Tennesee-based initiative focuses on providing high quality and culturally appropriate fresh foods for food insecure and low-income areas. The initiative’s mission is to set at-risk youth on the path to lifelong health by growing local, traditional, and cultural foods.

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Youth Roots Program

To date, fifth grade participants in the Youth Roots Program of Oakland, California have conducted successful projects related to nutrition, education, and agriculture.

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Planting Seeds for the Future

Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley members visit the farm twice per week to work on the farm by harvesting, weeding, planting, and more during a six-week summer session.

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St. Louis MetroMarket Youth Empowerment Program

The initiative centers on a non-profit mobile farmers’ market working to restore access to healthy, affordable food in all St. Louis area food deserts using a city bus transformed into a mobile grocery store.

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Go Healthy St. Louis

Go Healthy St. Louis recruits youth volunteers to build and grow vegetable gardens at low income schools.

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Greenhouse Pest Management Initiative

The Nauset Regional Middle School of began a program for 600 students, grades 6-8 with the mission to present a science, horticultural and agricultural learning laboratory in a newly constructed 30’ X 50’ year-round greenhouse.

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Build, Plant, Grow, Eat, Repeat Garden

Youth participants will do just about everything for this garden at the Early Childhood Center in Manning, South Carolina. The only thing teachers will do is plan the timeline and facilitate the phases of planting through harvest.

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Westwood Raised Garden Beds

Food security is taught and addressed in all agricultural education classes taught at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ. Nutrition is a huge issue in many schools across the nation because of the easily accessible fats, sugars, and carbohydrates.

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FHE Group

Kids will lead this initiative as the primary growers of fruits and vegetables while learning the skills and techniques of planting a successful garden.

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Family Gardens in a Food Desert

When 9-year-old Amelie meekly approached her teacher in the first season of our Each One Teach One (EOTO) garden at Marie L. Greenwood Academy in Denver Public Schools to ask if she could harvest something to take home on nights her mom didn’t have money to buy anything for dinner, her teacher realized there existed an opportunity to provide both food security and nutrition to the neediest families in the community.

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Pinecrest Garden Buddies

Pinecrest Garden Buddies is a high school student group in Pinehurst, NC seeking to improve existing gardens in schools. Most of their targets have limited parent and community support and are in need of garden supplies and bi-annual garden clean ups.

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Community Garden and Playground at Genesis Project

The Community Garden and Playground at Genesis Project addresses the issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture and education by promoting physical and mental wellness through shared work, exercise, nutrition, education, and supportive relationships.

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