Youth in New Orleans also have limited opportunities to engage in and facilitate community-level and systems-level change. Opportunities with a diverse group of peers are even more so. Research proves the benefits of diversity include increased rates of productivity, nuanced perspectives on social issues, and growing acceptance of social differences. Yet, many New Orleans schools and neighborhoods lack diversity.

The need for high quality youth leadership programming, supportive environments for youth, and opportunities for youth to engage diverse groups of people is sorely needed in our city

Grow Dat Youth Farm exists at the nexus of these needs. We aim to provide unique opportunities for New Orleans youth to develop leadership skills and initiate change in their communities alongside a diverse group of their peers, staff, and community partners.