You could describe the Center for Restorative Youth Justice in many different ways. We are at once: a diversion program for youth who’ve had a run-in with the law, a forward-thinking bunch of people working to spread restorative practices throughout the state and beyond, a non-profit working to promote locally-grown organic food, or that group of passionate folks who will always drop what they’re doing to say hello and offer you a high-five. The truth is we wear a variety of hats, but whatever hat we have on, all our work comes down to one mission:
Empowering youth and strengthening communities.
The Trellis Project is the programming component we employ to work towards that mission. Over the past few years, as we have learned what works and what doesn’t work with the youth we serve, it has grown and changed into its current structure which encompasses community service and workshop opportunities for youth including:
- Managing and harvesting fresh produce in the Central Kitchen Garden
- Learning mind+body skills like conflict resolution
- Writing a resume
- Participating in drug/alcohol education classes
- Receiving homework support
- Completing a summer apprenticeship program where youth learn about the foodservice industry by providing local, organic produce to families in need through the
- Creating of a youth-led farmer’s market stand
The Trellis Project is all about creating opportunities for youth to grow as individuals.
We often ask kids at the end of a service day, “Alright, we just learned some cooking skills and made a meal for a family in need; why do you think this counts as community service?” The answer is simple: we are all in community, together. We are here to take care of each other and take care of ourselves. Being able to show up as the best version of ourselves is a service to our community.
We are hosting our 4th Annual Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner to showcase the hard work and personal growth of the Trellis Project youth, and to raise the funds necessary to continue providing this opportunity to local youth. In return for the generosity of our community, we will provide an outrageously delicious five-course dinner featuring locally-grown seasonal ingredients which will be expertly paired with craft beer from around the valley, all set on the gorgeous Two Bear Farm with live music to boot. We know these kids are worth it, and we want to show you that they are too. We are all in this, together.
Save the date: Friday, August 18th, 6:00 pm. Buy Tickets here.