We approach community and youth development through three distinct, yet interrelated programs that address Food, Transformative Education, and Art & Celebration as core pillars of community resiliency.
We analyze a combination of qualitative and quantitative indicators to evaluate our impact on the development of our youth and community. Since 2010, we have:
Revitalized 3 acres of land in North Philadelphia into a thriving network of urban farms, gardens, public parks, and artistic venues
Established 1 Urban Farm, 2 community gardens, and 9 school gardens
Fed dozens of local families each year, and provided 16 local families with infrastructure to grow their own food
Helped decrease part 1 Violent Crime by 40% in the area immediately surrounding Life Do Grow farm
Provided 117 jobs and leadership development opportunities for 71 (unique individual) youth (2013-18)
· Of that group, 78% live in our community, 57% indicated that this was their first job, and 55% have worked with us 2 or more years in a row.
· Since 2013, we have stayed closely connected with 37 of these young people. Of this group, 83% of those 18 and over have graduated from high school, 27% are enrolled in college, and 77% have attained employed (36% of whom attained jobs with us, or through referrals to partner organizations/institutions).
· Since 2017, 77% have indicated that they have met and/or exceeded goals they set for themselves, and 55% are actively pursuing careers/passions inspired during their time with the Urban Creators.
Facilitated service-learning opportunities for over 5,000 students and volunteers from throughout the greater Philadelphia area (2011-18)
Curated 59 Public Events, that have engaged approximately 9150 attendees, and provided dynamic platforms for 328 local/emerging artists and 157 local and black & brown owned businesses (2010-2018)