Another Summer has come to a close, and what a great Summer it has been! From farmers' markets to garden parties, we've had a great time connecting with the community and mentoring the youth of West Central. We've achieved a lot of great things together during the harvest months. Now the days are shorter and the weather's colder, but we have some great things to achieve yet!
River City Youth Ops has reached some major milestones this year. For the first time ever, we have had a full time Farm Manager — the amazing Maddy Halverson — on staff. Among many of her duties, Maddy has been charged with developing a comprehensive curriculum that not only teaches job skills, but also works to recognize the needs of the whole person.
River City Youth Ops’ urban farm is offering our 20-week veggie subscription (also known as Community Supported Agriculture or CSA) full of healthy, fresh, and super locally grown produce. All produce is grown in the West Central Neighborhood by neighborhood kids that we hire and engage in personal and professional development through community engagement, job training, and education.
The first Saturday in April found a few Youth Participants hard at work building beehives with the West Plains Beekeepers Association.
In this case ‘dress for success’ means protective gear – jackets, veils, and elbow-length gloves. They’re not the easiest items to take on and off but they were still a hit.
Monicea Brown, now 16, is a sophomore heading into her sixth year with River City Youth Ops (formerly Project Hope). She spends two hours on the city bus each day to reach her school in Spokane Valley. Monicea’s hard work is paying off, though; in December she and other top math students were honored with a day trip to Sandpoint, ID.
Her big dream? To be the first person in her family to graduate from high school and, one day, a nurse in the NICU.