youth voices 2011

Learning about apples


Youth Voices 2011

Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8

Marion Andrus Learning Center
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

THE YOUTH VOICES CONFERENCES are designed to bring together youth from urban garden programs around the country and exchange ideas. In addition, the conference challenges the adults who plan and structure youth programs to include the youth voice in their planning. Youth programs do a great job of having participants evaluate their programs. The Youth Voices goal is to include this feedback in program design.

The unique and essential feature of the Youth Voices Conferences is that they are planned and implemented by the participants. Thus, youth involved in garden program are invited to participate in the planning process, as well as to attend the conference. Participants arrange their own transportation to Minnesota, but once in Minnesota, Youth Voices provides food and shelter.

IF YOU WISH TO GET INVOLVED in future conference planning, please contact
KAREN BEAMON, Urban Garden Leadership Team, at:

Office hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


2011 Youth Voices participants



In the facilitated setting of this conference, participants had an important opportunity to add their voices to program development and build their skills in several areas:
- Leadership
- Program development
- Writing
- Public speaking
- Interpersonal communication

OUTCOMES FOR YOUTH - Organizations

Urban garden program participants and program leaders alike engaged in learning opportunities facilitated by experienced professionals, including:
- Youth-generated grant-proposal writing
- Cross-pollination of program ideas
- Professional networking

In addition, participants left the conference with both a working model for writing grant proposals and draft outlines of proposals for improving their programs.

To read/download the proposals developed during the work session, click each name.

Chicago Botanic Garden College First
Chicago Botanic Garden Green Youth Farm
Cleveland Botanical Garden Green Corps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

To see photos from the 2011 Youth Voices conference, click here.

To watch a video from the 2009 Youth Voices conference, click here.


Tasting apples


Friday, October 7
Getting to Know You

4:00-8:30 p.m.

4:00 - Registration, social hour

5:30 - Dinner and Saturday preview

7:30 - Tram tour and flashlight exploration

Saturday, October 8
Proposals for Change

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

9:00 - Registration

9:30-12:00 - Program overview
     - Presentations on existing programs
     - Brainstorm ideas for change

With illustrated "idea wall" by Cheryl Kartes
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View youth presentations:
Chicago Botanic Garden Green Youth Farms
Cleveland Botanical Garden Green Corps

12:00-1:00 - Box lunch - stroll around the grounds

1:00-3:00 - Facilitated work session
     - Prioritize ideas, select one idea to
     - Write a plan
     - Develop a budget
     - Identify funding sources
     - Write personal impact statements

3:30-4:00 - Present proposals

5:30 - Dinner at Mall of America