Youth are taught the value of caring for their neighborhood and taking pride in their surroundings. By “adopting” and taking care of Three Sisters Park the children are empowered to view themselves as contributing and important members of society. Parents are also encouraged to form bonds within the neighborhood and become leaders within the community.
SSJNN offers supported, seasonal work opportunities for youth between the ages of 14‐15, providing mentorship and an hourly wage for urban farming, landscaping and neighborhood beautification, light labor and retail services. Youth sell produce they grow at the weekly, Little Italy Farmers Market and to local restaurants, working with mentors to learn the trades of marketing, sales and cost accountability.
This program matches trained community volunteers with nearby youth based on personality and youth needs. These caring adults encourage their youth to participate in the community and to try new experiences. Mentors become long time life coaches for the youth they are dedicated to.