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Dyett/Washington Park Green Youth Farm

2010 Washington Park GYF Participants

Richard Ames

Richard Ames

Richard is in ninth grade. His favorite vegetable is collard greens and his favorite fruit is cherry tomatoes. He will eat the Sungold tomatoes while working on the garden as a snack! He also enjoys going to Navy Pier because of the food, atmosphere, and rides.

China Brown

China Brown

China’s favorite subject in school is English, because she can create her own story and express herself through words. She also loves hip hop music. Her favorite fruit from the garden is watermelon and she also enjoyed the pesto we made from our basil. Green Youth Farm has strengthened her passion for ending world hunger.

Aaron Epison

Aaron Epison

Aaron’s favorite subject in school is computers. He enjoys working in the garden because we have a good boss and we play lots of games. He plans to attend the University of Louisville and play basketball and baseball.

Akela Hayes

Akela Hayes

Akela will be a freshman at Alabama A&M this fall. She plans to major in biochemistry. Green Youth Farm prepared her to be more familiar with plants, nature, and cooking from the garden. This program also prepared her socially, as she learned how to build better relationships with her peers.

Roseshay Holloway

Roseshay Holloway

Roseshay plans to graduate high school and go to college to study art. She loves working in the garden and enjoys harvesting and processing all of the vegetables. She feels comfortable with her peers at Green Youth Farm.

Shameka Holton

Shameka Holton

Shameka is a senior at Dyett High School. Her favorite sport is basketball. She has been playing the sport since she was six years old. Her favorite subject in school is math because both her teacher and mother are extremely encouraging of learning math. Her favorite vegetables from the garden are carrots and corn.

Porshea Johnson

Porshea Johnson

Porshea is a junior at Dyett High School. Being part of Green Youth Farm is a great learning experience, where she learned about different fruits and vegetables and also how to be a stronger leader. Having this experience helped her to learn about her own community and her health. After high school, she plans to attend Grand Valley State University and study accounting.

Chelsey Kirkendoll

Chelsey Kirkendoll

Chelsey attends Dyett High School, where she will be a senior. Her favorite fruit from the garden is strawberries. She has learned to be respectful of others, while also working hard in the garden and becoming a leader.

Keshaundra Neal

Keshaundra Neal

Keshaundra is 15 years old. She is in ninth grade and this is her first year working with Green Youth Farm. She wants to be a registered nurse and a singer when she gets older. She either wants to go to college at Harvard or the University of Chicago. She loves to read, sing, babysit, and help others. She also wants to get married and have three children. Keshaundra thanks Green Youth Farm for teaching her how to eat, live healthy, and believe in herself.

Jessica Novy

Jessica Novy

Jessica is in her second year in Green Youth Farm. She learned the importance of having an open mind and listening to others through GYF, and also made some great friends with other team members and staff. Green Youth Farm has also taught her to eat healthier and to care about the environment. She plans to attend Job Corps so that she can finish high school with a stricter structure and then move on to college.

Victoria Richardson

Victoria Richardson

Victoria is a Crew Leader for Green Youth Farm. Through GYF, she has learned how to motivate her peers and speak her mind without coming across as too forceful. Before Green Youth Farm, she hardly ate vegetables but now she realizes the importance of being healthy. She also has become more aware that we live in a food desert and that obesity is a serious issue. She is vocal about these concerns in her own community and plans to attend Michigan State University and become a doctor or nurse.

Marquis Rush

Marquis Rush

Marquis enjoys playing sports, especially football. He brings a lot of hard work and dedication to Green Youth Farm. He likes being with his peers and doing physical work. After high school, he plans to attend college in Chicago and study business.

Tajuana Scarelli

Tajuana Scarelli

Tajauna loves Green Youth Farm because it is fun and she has learned about many different fruits and vegetables. Her favorite vegetable is broccoli. She enjoys being a Crew Leader because she gets to teach peers what she has learned and encourage them to work hard.

Breon Smith

Breon Smith

Breon is a junior and his favorite subject is math. He also enjoys art classes and cooking! He loves to eat spinach grown from the garden, and he takes home produce from the garden almost every day and discovers a way to prepare a meal with it. His favorite place to visit for inspiration is the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bria Warrior

Bria Warrior

Bria considers herself a teenage Vincent Van Gogh. She sees everyday light as a colorful and confusing painting but has a message when you take the time to actually understand her artistic world.

Qhasia Washington

Qhasia Washington

Qhasia loves her job at Green Youth Farm! Her favorite parts of the program have been giving tours of the garden to people in the community and selling produce at the farmers’ market. Giving tours has given her confidence in her public speaking abilities and has made her realize just how much she has learned. She eats almost everything from the garden and even eats raw beets!

Brandi Wilson

Brandi Wilson

Brandi enjoyed the times when her group talked under the tent and learned more about the different environmental and social issues that relate to our garden. Green Youth Farm has taught her the life cycle of many of the crops that we grow. Brandi thinks it is important to source as much as we can locally. She has a great desire to travel and learn other languages after high school.

Terrance Young

Terrance Young

Terrance has enjoyed Green Youth Farm because he is learning new things. His favorite part of the program was “The Great Food Systems Debate” because he researched the benefits and challenges of both local and conventional food systems. He is a very articulate speaker and enjoys speaking his mind in front of his peers. He also enjoyed singing with some of his friends at Green Youth Farm, since it made the work more fun.

2010 Washington Park Farm Staff

Madelyn
Madelyn

Leon
Leon