Sunrise Project's youth programming includes Sunrise Farm to School, Growing Roots, Accessible Gardening & More!
Farm to School
Sunrise Project was awarded a USDA 2-year Farm to School grant to cook, eat and grow healthy food with students at Cordley, Kennedy and New York Elementary schools in East Lawrence. Throughout the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 school years, we will connect over 600 students and their families to good food through lunchtime tastings, classroom cooking, special events and school gardening activities.
A LiveWell Lawrence grant will enable Sunrise to engage in Farm to Summer in 2020! This grant will help us to transform the school gardens to community gardens over the summer months so that neighbors and school families can participate in garden events and weekly on-site picnics.
Working with USD 497's Community Transitions Program, we provide youth and young adults learning opportunities in our accessible garden beds. Young people plant, maintain,
harvest and more throughout the growing season.
Funded by the Elizabeth Shultz Environmental Fund as well as the city of Lawrence,
Sunrise Project launched Growing Roots in 2020. This youth program prioritizes youth in the foster care system.
Working with The Children's Shelter residential program, we offer weekly modules to youth that connect them to horticultural therapy, culinary and growing skills, job readiness, and social justice knowledge.
And this summer!! Throughout the month of June, the community is invited to come have lunch at Sunrise in our Sunrise Youth Cafe each Friday! The meal will be planned and implemented by youth and will be available by donation. More details to come!
Sunrise offers additional youth programs throughout the year including Activate Your Voice leadership sessions, mentorship and volunteer opportunities. Opportunities are added to the website as they emerge.