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DCYF awards multi-year grant for cultivating healthy youth!


We are so grateful and excited to be awarded a 5-year grant from the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families!

This substantial grant will support our Seed to Mouth Garden Education Program, which teaches environmental and nutritional education using gardens and kitchens as classrooms. Through hands-on, project-based lessons in gardening and cooking, children in K-5th grade practice STEAM-related skills while increasing their physical, emotional, and social health.

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At Community Grows, we aim to support the youth in our community who have limited options for safe and educational in-school, after-school, and summer outdoor programs. We are countering a lack of green spaces, parks, and gardens in San Francisco’s historically underserved neighborhoods — which can make it challenging for kids to engage with and learn about the natural world — by building learning gardens in school and community spaces.


Our classes are rooted in the benefits of experiential learning. Students begin with Garden Classes focused on environmental education, with the garden filling the role of both a classroom and a teaching aid. Lesson plans are customized for each age group and encourage observation, investigation, research, testing and presenting.


As each session goes on, instructors begin to incorporate the science of cooking and nutrition using produce that the youth have grown. Lessons cover the impact of food on our bodies and minds, and basic skills such as reading a recipe and using kitchen tools. Then students put their knowledge into practice in the garden or kitchen for more hands-on learning!


We believe that when youth are healthy, safe and supported they become catalysts for positive, lasting change.

Thank you, DCYF, for supporting this vital work!

Stanford University Honors CommunityGrows!

IMG_1951On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 CommunityGrows staff Barbara Wenger, Melissa Tang and Cha’Shay Woldridge joined Advisory Board members Leah Cerri and Abby Miller at Stanford University to receive a $20,000.00 grant through the University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
The university offers a class “Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector” taught by Dr. Bruce Sievers. The class is in receipt of funding from The Once Upon a Time Foundation, a philanthropic foundation promoting the values and practices of philanthropy.
In common with similar programs operating in universities throughout the country, the class and the associated funding enable students to learn about philanthropy through hands-on grant-making, distributing funds to Bay Area nonprofit organizations in their chosen field.
Students in the class divided into four teams. One team composed of students Celinda Sandoval, Jamie Stark and Montana Morgan, here with Professor Sievers, IMG_1820 choose to focus on an environmental priority. They were particularly concerned with empowering low-income communities to build sustainable food systems. Their goal was to select a nonprofit which fosters a generation that has a deeper appreciation of food and its impact on the environment. The team invited a select group of nonprofits to apply.
CommunityGrows submitted a general operating proposal that supported our three interconnected youth programs. Together, the programs provide a continuum of environmental, garden, and nutrition education, job readiness, and leadership development opportunities for low-income and underserved youth ages 5-19.
It was wonderful to be part of this celebration with other nonprofits, including Youth Radio, Operation Access and Causa Justa::Just Cause and the National Center for Youth Law.
The CommunityGrows staff celebrated afterwards with lunch at the Left Bank Restaurant in Menlo Park before heading back to San Francisco! Great honor and celebration! Thank you!TwoPhotos-SFW