More About Us
Founded in 2003, Trellis for Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization that delivers experiential programs in organic gardening, environmental education, and food justice that provide practical and behavioral life skills for youth and adults. Our aspiration is to foster compassion and resilience in people and inspire them to build sustainable communities. We use community-based gardens as living classrooms where we work with corporations, faith-based institutions, and at-risk teens. Our youth programs are designed to prepare youth for lifelong success while simultaneously having a meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of their community.
This year, all funds raised through the Amazing Raise will go toward the support and expansion of our Youth Seed Enterprise (YSE) program. YSE is having an incredible impact on the community in 2021 and we’d love to do even more in 2022.
YSE offers youth participants a unique opportunity to prepare for work and life by participating in managing organic gardens, engaging in classroom learning, building in relationships with peers and community members, and creating new enterprises that increase access to fresh, organic produce for low-income households.
Teens participating in YSE broaden their understanding of the world while gaining skills that increase their educational and post-educational success. Each youth participant in the YSE program receives about 120-150 hours of hands-on programming supported by Trellis’s interactive and powerful curriculum.
“In our afternoon sessions we talked about food justice but also our own health. You have to start with yourself before you help other people.” – YSE participant, 2021
“My favorite parts of the program include team bonding activities, caring for the plants in the garden, making the community happy with the produce, building new bonds with Trellis staff, and learning about topics that are vital for growth.” 4th year YSE participant and Springboard Leader.