YouthLaunch is a youth-development organization that changes the lives of young people in Austin and throughout Central Texas by providing them with community service opportunities that expand their outlook on life, work, and their ability to improve the world around them. Urban Roots is the latest undertaking by YouthLaunch. Urban Roots uses sustainable agriculture as means to effect lasting change for youth participants and nourish East Austin residents who currently have limited access to healthy foods. It also seeks to develop environmental activists and community leaders by offering young people an opportunity to learn firsthand about sustainable food production. On an urban organic farm, our project provides employment, life, leadership and job skills, and service opportunities to under-served youth aged 14-17 in East Austin. The interns harvest and distribute the produce through a variety of outlets, all while learning firsthand about sustainable agriculture. Teeming with life, this urban farm functions as a catalyst for positive change, helping to develop a healthier, more vibrant community.
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