EDUCATE / ENERGIZE / EMPOWER / UNITE
EDUCATE / ENERGIZE / EMPOWER / UNITE
Uniting a diverse generation of civically engaged young social entrepreneurs with the skills, networks, analysis, and resources to sustainably develop our urban environments from the ground-up.
Building food-security in inner-city communities through the creation of community-based gardens and market farms on vacant or underutilized land.
Fostering economic resiliency, through integrative jobs training, creation, and small business development.
We engage students of all ages in interactive workshops and hands-on activities that develop diverse analytical frameworks, technical skills, and holistic life practices. Together we will analyze the relationships between food and identity, energy and economics, the environment and society, and community and the elf, while developing a variety of skills and sustainable practices that empower us to become healthier individuals and pioneers of urban innovation.
Each of our three educational programs have unique, and specific offerings and outcomes. You can contract us to facilitate trainings in any one particular field, although we strongly recommend our combined program that integrates core elements of all three.
Through our Urban Innovation program, we offer hands-on educational opportunities to over 300 students from throughout the city each year. We engage students of all ages in interactive workshops and hands-on activities that develop diverse analytical frameworks, technical skills, and holistic life practices. Together we will analyze the relationships between food and identity, energy and economics, the environment and society, and community and the self, while developing a variety of skills and sustainable practices that empower us to become healthier individuals and pioneers of urban innovation.
The Urban Creators operate a network of 7 urban farms/gardens in North Philadelphia, through which we arecultivating organic produce, young leaders, and social innovation. From this network, we provide fresh localfood to dozens of families who have otherwise had no such access, and distribute produce and value added
products to various restaurants & markets throughout the city to build capital to sustain the organization.
The most recent initiative of the Urban Creators is our REGENERATION program, which is designed as a to increase Public Safety & Civic Engagement in North Philadelphia neighborhoods by engaging formerly incarcerated youth as pioneers in the revitalization of their own neighborhoods. This program is designed as a place-based approach to reducing youth violence & recidivism through a combination of Workforce Development, Social Entrepreneurship, and Community-Based Development. For 6 months at a time, court-involved youth are provided with transitional jobs, and are challenged to think as designers, entrepreneurs, developers, and urban creators. Together, we (participants and facilitators) analyze the criminal justice system, establish community redevelopment strategies, and revitalize blighted landscapes into dynamic safe-spaces for community mobilization, holistic healing, and social innovation.
Our events serve as tools for community organizing and celebration of collaborations with people who love and care about the future of North Philadelphia!
We work with the neighbors to transform vacant plots of land into community gardens. We meet with neighbors to design the farm, and conduct community outreach to get more families involved. Now, the gardens are maintained by neighbors, and serves as a model of how we can come together to transform blight into beauty, and vacancy into food.
Become An Urban Creator by letting us share the lessons we've learned from Mentors and friends all over the world and right in our own home. We offer workshops and consulting on:
Urban agriculture / Home & School gardening
2315 N 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA — 19133