Sunrise Youth Programs

Sunrise Project's youth programming includes

Sunrise Farm to School, Growing Roots,

Accessible Gardening & More!

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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!

Due to COVID-19, we are not able to engage with youth over the summer, but we are still working to spread the word about school gardens. We have a weekly rotation for each of the three elementary school gardens. If you are interested in signing up, email Paola at

It was initially planned to have picnics on garden sites, but we have adapted and created  Community Meals To-Go. Check out our Community Meal page for more information. 

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Accessible Gardening

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.


Growing Roots

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.  


Due to COVID-19, we have halted our Growing Youth Programming until further notice.

Summer Youth Cafe for mid-July is in the works and we will keep you updated through our Facebook page. 

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More opportunities! 

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.