CRYJ’s Trellis Project empowers youth to build new skills, and to engage with our community.

The Trellis Project is comprised of

Garden-based projects

The Garden at Central Kitchen and Supper Clubs provide youth with community service projects, experiential learning opportunities, and workshops. Supper club dinners at The Trellis Project are possible through a collaboration between Kalispell Public Schools, The Central Kitchen at Kalispell Middle School, and Care Farms.

Market stand

Supper club dinners


Mind/body  and Job skills workshops

CRYJ also offers important reflection workshops and activities – providing important support, education, embodiment, and peer-based accountability on a wide range of topics including:

  • Drug & Alcohol Workshop: A program designed specifically for first time drug and alcohol related offenses. Each workshops involve conversations between youth volunteers and youth participants, emphasizing self-awareness and personal responsibility. Many of our youth volunteers come through a partnership with Montana Academy – offering a powerful opportunity for youth volunteers with invaluable perspective on substance use and its impact in their lives – while providing an opportunity to connect with CRYJ participants in a non-judgmental setting. It is not a treatment program, nor does it stem from a single philosophy of substance abuse. Through the Drug & Alcohol process youth have the opportunity to take accountability for their offense, the harms caused by their actions and the impacts on themselves and others. The workshop also incorporates many best practice and nationally regarded curriculum elements that highlight the health and community impacts of drugs and alcohol use among youth.

  • Community Focus Groups & Workshops: We work with a host of community partners and volunteers who spend time each month with our youth participants.  Volunteers offer workshops and classes including yoga, knitting, poetry writing, art, and community education.