Our Mission



River City Youth Ops — formerly Project Hope Spokane — creates opportunities for youth enrichment in their neighborhoods through community engagement, job training, and education. We envision a diverse community of empowered, skilled and capable youth working to strengthen their local environment. 


What we Value




We believe meaning is found in creating and sustaining productive relationships with our neighborhoods, our earth, and one another.


We believe in nurturing the full potential of each program participant.


We believe each resident of Spokane has a role in creating a more peaceful, productive, and whole community.


We believe all youth can make their lives and world more sustainable and intentional.

Board of Directors



Adam Gebauer – President
Chelsea Updegrove – Vice President
Rex Harder - Treasurer
Jonathan Myers -Secretary 

Tiffany  Hackathorn
Erika Prins Simonds
Matthew McPherson
Tim Herold

Rubena Cela
John Hope
Bernadette Powers                               

Our Staff


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Dena Carr

Executive Director

As the former Director of Operations for the Garland Theater, Dena comes to us with a back ground in program and business development and holds a real passion for working to develop vital, inclusive communities.

As River City Youth Ops (then Project Hope) first Program Manger, she worked directly with the youth of West Central and knows first hand the true impact this program has on their lives. A Spokane native and Gonzaga grad, Dena is excited to help River City Youth Ops change the landscape of her hometown, one lot at a time. 

To contact Dena directly, send her an email at dena@youthops.org.

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Maddy Halverson

Farm Manager

Maddy joined River City Youth Ops in September 2017. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Food and Farms from the University of Montana in 2015.

Throughout college, Maddy interned at various garden/farm operations that grew food for the Missoula community. After college, Maddy served two years as a FoodCorps Service Member in Flathead County, MT where she managed 4 school gardens, and taught kids about gardening, cooking, food, and nutrition.

She is excited to be back in her hometown, Spokane, WA, to play in the dirt, grow delicious food, and engage youth and community members in urban farming.

To contact Maddy directly, send her an email at madeline@youthops.org.