Turning a New Leaf— Seattle's Homeless Youth

Put your green thumb to work with Seattle Youth Garden Works, a local non-profit that provides jobs and training to Seattle’s homeless youth. Founded in 1995, SYGW serves to assist King County’s approximately 2000 displaced youth between the ages of 14-21. Through, this special program youth have an opportunity to engage in sustainable agriculture and organic farming, ecological restoration and business operations— selling and marketing crops at the University District and South Park Farmers Markets. SYGW’s commitment to food security and sustainability, as well as teaching through organic methods allows these kids a chance to gain entrepreneurial skills, explore and strengthen personal goals and build a socially responsible community— experience and knowledge that can drive their future and get them permanently off the streets.

If you would like to get involved, SYGW currently has several volunteer positions available at their University District and South Park locations they include anything from Youth Garden Mentors to Workshop Leaders and Special Projects.

Information on Youth Homelessness in Seattle