2011 Youth Voices header

9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), Minneapolis. Open to the public.
$10/person, includes lunch.
Scholarships are available; call 952-443-1422.

Join us for the 2012 conference.
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Youth-garden teams from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Paul will describe their garden-based, youth-serving programs. Participating organizations include:
Cleveland Botanical Garden's Green Corps Program
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden's Internship Program
Chicago Botanic Garden's Green Youth Farm
Community Design Center of Minnesota's Youth Internship Program
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Urban Garden Program

Join us to listen to these youth voices, ask questions, and gain insight into how their experiences can help inform local programs and youth development efforts.

Who should attend: Educators, youth program leaders, urban agriculture community members, mentors, Master Gardeners, social workers, teachers - anyone interested in programs that serve youth.




The youth voice is often missing from programs designed to serve youth - partly because it is a challenge to find and listen to the authentic youth voice, and also because it is often not sought out.

On October 4 & 5, youth from garden-
based programs will convene for the 4th annual Youth Voice Conference. These conferences are designed to bring together youth from urban garden programs around the country and exchange ideas. The conference challenges the adults who plan and structure youth programs to include authentic youth voice in the planning and design of their programs.

The unique and essential feature of the Youth Voices Conference is that it is planned and implemented by current and former youth garden program participants. Youth involved in garden programs are invited to participate in the planning process, as well as attend the conference.



In the facilitated setting of this conference, participants have 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
• Networking with peers


Urban garden program participants and program leaders engage in learning opportunities including:
• Youth advisory council design and implementation
• Cross-pollination of program ideas
• Professional networking