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Urban Roots

The only farm-based youth leadership organization in Austin, Urban Roots has been empowering youth and nourishing community for more than 10 years. Urban Roots started in 2008 with just 15 teenagers and one field as a project of another youth development organization, eventually becoming an independent nonprofit in 2011. On its 3.5 acre farm in East Austin, teens and young adults participate in paid internships that focus not just on farming, but also on their growth as leaders and good citizens. 

Thanks to donors like you, over 300 young leaders have graduated from Urban Roots programs and earned over $565,000 in paid stipends. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

The annual Seed to Harvest Kickoff in September marks the beginning of a fresh season and a new year for Urban Roots. The happy hour fundraiser includes a few words from the youth leaders, bites and signature drinks, a DJ, giveaways, and other fun.

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