The Sunflower Garden: SAY’s Newest Employment Opportunity for Youth

The Sunflower Garden: SAY’s Newest Employment Opportunity for Youth

In partnership with Catholic Charities and the City of Santa Rosa, Social Advocates for Youth recently took over the management and maintenance of the Sunflower Community Garden. When the City approached SAY about taking over the garden this year, our Youth Employment Center leapt at the opportunity to take on a project that could employ at-risk youth and help them learn valuable job skills.

With funding from the City of Santa Rosa, The Sunflower Garden now employs three youth and one supervisor to work in the garden four days a week. A first job for most of the youth, they are learning about more than just what it feels like to get that first paycheck; their work the garden is teaching them about sustainability, food production, and how good it feels to be able to provide for others