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Highland Park Youth Group Launch Urban Gardening Project

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A group of young people in Highland Park are digging in deep and working towards some healthy results thanks to a new urban garden project they've recently launched. The Wave profiles this admirable "green-thumb project" run via a "a joint effort of students serving on Hathaway-Sycamores’ Youth Leadership Council along with adolescents participating in Hathaway-Sycamores’ Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program."Members of the groups, all teenage volunteers from local schools, spent their weekends transforming the unused space into a garden; they weeded, prepped the soil, and got the plants in the ground. They've pledged to maintain the garden, and eventually, there will be benefits for many to reap:

Once the fruits and vegetables are ready to harvest, another benefit of the bounty will be realized. Educators with Hathaway-Sycamores’ Promotoras Comunitarias Program will use the garden produce in nutritional cooking classes that are offered for youngsters and adults through Hathaway-Sycamores’ Family Resource Center. Currently, some 180 such cooking classes are provided at the Family Resource Center and in 35 schools throughout Northeast Los Angeles.

The youth participants and employees of the Resource Center agree that this endeavor is a great way to foster a sense of community, and to match the spirit of volunteerism with a powerful outreach program.