How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?
By empowering formerly incarcerated people, at-risk youth, and their families to transform unused space in their communities into beautiful, healing, edible gardens, Planting Justice is ensuring that those most effected by inequitable access to good food and good jobs are designing and implementing tangible solutions to socio-economic and health inequality in East Palo Alto. Planting Justice provides young people and their families with chances to grow their own food, engage their friends, families, and neighborhoods in being part of the solution, and pursue careers in emerging sectors of urban sustainability and permaculture design. Working together to grow nourishing food for a community in need is empathy in action!
Tell us about your partnerships
To scale up in San Mateo County, Planting Justice is partnering with East Palo Alto Police Dept.'s David Lewis Reentry Center to implement an effective, locally-controlled initiative to plant and maintain local permaculture food forests in East Palo Alto. With our shared commitment to employ formerly-incarcerated residents of East Palo Alto in local living-wage jobs, Planting Justice and the East Palo Alto Police Department are perfect partners.
Start-up funding, maintaining diverse community partnerships, and identifying proper sites with sufficient community support are the primary challenges Planting Justice with Empathy expects to encounter in East Palo Alto. Because our Transform Your Yard and Street Canvass programs are nearly self-sustaining financially from the start, we anticipate that funding will not be a long-term challenge. Maintaining diverse community partnerships will be accomplished through culturally-sensitive outreach and engagement. We will identify proper sites and engage community support through partnerships.
Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?
encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, group play, storytelling, immersion, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.