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Youth Make a Difference Initiative

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Please check back soon to see which of these charities will be receiving grants from the 2015 Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference initiative.

A Dream for the Future: Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Norris Square Neighborhood Project promotes positive change through youth education, community leadership, green spaces, the arts and the celebration of Latino culture. Our gardens have existed as a place of respite, recreation, and as a resource providing access to fresh produce since the '80s.

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Cooking with Kids

DC Greens' Cooking with Kids program is designed to inspire both a generation of healthy eaters, and a generation of future teachers who are putting food education on the menu in classrooms. Members of our volunteer, youth-led Cooking Corps lead hour-long, hands-on cooking demos with 3rd-8th graders in classrooms across the District of Columbia.

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Chilton County Joint Agriscience Farm

Our goal is to teach students about agriculture through hands on farm work, while also teaching them life lesson's through agriculture. Students will work during the school year as well as during the summer on the project, crops grown will go to fund activities throughout the year related to agriculture, provide seed money to ensure the project continues and large portions of crops will be donated to less fortunate members of our community through food banks.

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DC House By House Youths Gardening

DC Youths Gardening teaches young people how to grow their own food (vegetable and fruits). By producing their own vegetables and fruits, the youths will switch from fast food to healthy ingredients they will get by consuming their homegrown produce.

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Farm2Mountain Produce Club

The Big Bear Farm2Mountain Produce Club is a weekly, farm-direct organic produce delivery service set up in conjunction with the Nourish Class at Big Bear Middle School. This produce club is an on-going fundraiser for the Nourish Class in order to provide students with organic fruit and vegetable tastings, field trip opportunities, and cooking classes.

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Farming Forward: Vertical Farming

Farming Forward: Vertical Farming allows urban youth to engineer a vertical farming solution to the food desert that exists in the Constitution Hill neighborhood of Woonsocket. Participants will build and sustain their crops, learn about healthy foods and combating food insecurity by distributing the produce to low-income neighbors in and around the youth center.

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Fresh Food Pantry

Heart & Hand Center for Youth and their Families provides after school and out-of-school care for 100 under-resourced K-12 youth in Denver. Based on requests from youth and their families, Heart & Hand seeks to build a fresh food pantry that will be staffed by high school youth who participate in the program.

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Global Visionaries at Evanston Township High School

GV youth have given back to their communities by protecting urban forests with Earthcorps, farming organically with Local Roots, overcoming stereotypes and internalized oppression with Mandala for Change.

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Go Healthy St. Louis

VolunTEEN Nation is a youth-led volunteer-driven non-profit organization based in St. Louis, MO. We want to promote and foster positive change in the region and are requesting funds from this grant to help us build sustainable vegetable gardens at preschools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District for our Go Healthy St. Louise initiative.

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Healthy Food, Healthy Growing, Salida School Gardens Program

The Healthy Food, Healthy Growing, Salida School Gardens, empowers youth with the skills and knowledge necessary to grow their own food and make informed eating choices. The Salida School Garden program offers a continuum of engagement, providing age appropriate garden learning and leadership opportunities for toddlers all the way to adults

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Northwest Initiative

The NorthWest Initiative is a community empowerment organization working to increase access to and knowledge of healthy foods and lifestyle choices in Lansing, MI, addressing health disparities and strengthening our local food system. NorthWest Initiative provides emergency food resources to low-income community members while teaching gardening, cooking, and meal planning skills that help individuals and families make healthier food choices on a limited budget.

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One AHEC of a Garden!

To help improve education about and access to healthier choices for youth in the inner city, Northwestern CT Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is engaging their Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC) and Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC) in a food justice and security project that will include the development of school and community gardens, a variety of nutrition and cooking education opportunities with families, peers, and younger students, and agricultural/outdoor education opportunities for students.

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Plant A Seed and Fill A Need

Plant A Seed and Fill A Need teaches children the Grow Biointensive Method that is used to grow food. The method teaches how to double dig a garden, staggered planting, water preservation, and compost mulching.

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Post Crashers 2.0

Post Crashers 2.0 is creating a sustainable Victory Garden at our local American Legion Post 295, grows starter plants in Northfield school’s current (small) greenhouse and will grow year-round vegetables in our school’s NEW hydroponic greenhouse that we will purchase with this grant. We will also create “how to” videos and broadcast these on our local channel to promote homes to create backyard gardens on their own in these troubled times when money is tight.

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Project EDEN™ (Everyone Deserves to Eat Naturally™)

Project Eden is an innovative youth-led urban garden greenhouse/hoop house initiative that brings fresh fruits and vegetables, urban agriculture training and economic opportunities to underserved youth and adults in Southeast Washington, DC. Project EDEN is also providing nutrition training, small business and life skills training, and hunger relief efforts to underserved and at-risk individuals and families in Ward 8, a high-poverty, high-crime, food desert area.

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Richwood Community Development Agency

RCDA has provided a variety of annual community services for youth including: back to school fee assistance for needy children; Thanksgiving dinner distributions/donations designed to feed the hungry; bike and toy giveaways at local elementary schools; full day of community-based fun and education during the Juneteenth celebration; and a community garden that promotes self-sufficiency.

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Roots for the Home Team

Roots for the Home Team helps youth boldly believe in their futures, gain valuable skills, pride and a greater sense of confidence through a first-of-its-kind salad enterprise. We partner with youth garden programs in ethnically diverse areas of the Twin Cities. Using their produce grown as ingredients, and their inventive nature to help develop the recipes, together we sell delicious salads at Target Field on Minnesota Twins’ weekend home games.

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Start a Snowball

This program called "The Food Drive Kid" will raise awareness among kids about childhood hunger, and teach them to set up and run their own food drives to help hungry children in their communities. It will also help them with necessary resources like connecting them with food banks and pantries in their area, helping them set up backpack programs at their school, offering seed money grants, offering website and donation collection resources, and many other things that would help kids mobilize to help end childhood hunger.

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Stems for Youth – Seasons of Sustenance

Our Season of Sustenance (SOS) will provide food security and nutrition for people of all ages. We will also educate our community on the issue of childhood hunger in the area.

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TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More

The TEAM Mentoring program will engage in several initiatives to address food security, nutrition, and food education including a weekly backpack program at Wilson Elementary, Food Fun! nutrition education program for 1,000+ elementary students, a bi-monthly Loaves and Fishes community meal, expand the composting program to other elementary schools, and other programs as determined and designed by high school students in the TEAM Mentoring program at Logan High School.

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Youth Empowered Solutions (YES) NC Food Network

The Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) North Carolina Youth Food Network builds awareness of food insecurity and nutritional needs in North Carolina. YES! supports young people in their efforts to implement environmental changes that increase access to fruits and vegetables for citizens across North Carolina.

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Youth Food Leadership Council

This Louisville, Kentucky nonprofit empowers communities to connect with local farmers to secure fresh produce for their neighborhoods. The goal of the Council is to develop youth and equip them with the enhanced leadership skills and the requisite tools for community organizing centered on food-related advocacy.

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Youth Planting Change

Youth Planting Change began when student leaders at North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) initiated pen-pal mentorships with children at Grandview Elementary School. Understanding that hunger is a daily issue for many children in Pittsburgh, NASH students strived to make a difference in their community by solving food security through education.

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YouthWorks! Pizza Gardens

YouthWorks serves disadvantaged children (grades K-5) and youths (grades 6-12) to help them learn through tutoring, serving, and entrepreneurial initiatives while having memorable fun through recreation and field trips.

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