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Perspectives on our work

Check out what youth participants and community members are saying about our programs:

  • Through Their Own Eyes—2008 Youth Journal Summary: PDF (76 KB)
  • Stakeholder Perspectives on Community Impact—2008 Dendros Group report: PDF (1.1 MB)

The Community Design Center of Minnesota currently operates the “Youth Enterprise in Food and Ecology” project on the East Side of St. Paul. The year-round project engages children, youth, and families in their own community development through education, internships, and leadership development. Each year we provide opportunities for children and youth to learn basic work skills and habits, expand their knowledge of career opportunities, develop leadership skills, improve academic performance, increase their knowledge of the local environment, improve personal and community health, and develop an ethic of community service. In 2007-08, the project served 1,748 low-income children, youth and families through our programs. An additional 1,050 individuals were reached as members of our Community Supported Agriculture program, customers at our farmer market stands, and participants in tours, demonstrations and other outreach efforts.

Project activities include:

Photo: Youth Internship Program
Youth Internship Program
The Community Design Center of Minnesota operates the East Side Garden Corps and the Conservation Corps youth internship programs. Both programs offer youth ages 14-18 an opportunity to learn valuable work skills and explore career opportunities, as well as the opportunity to learn about gardening, conservation, leadership, personal health, and public speaking. Find out more!

Photo: After-school and Summer Classes
Cooking and Nutrition Classes
We teach children's cooking & nutrition, family cooking, and environmental art & science classes at local schools on St. Paul's East Side. Find out more!