CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On August 15, six members of Chicago Youth Centers' (CYC) Sunshine Garden Club in North Lawndale will travel to Washington, D.C. to accept the President's Environmental Youth Award for their community garden. Presented by the Environmental Protection Agency, this award recognizes outstanding environmental projects designed by K-12 youth. CYC is one of 18 national winners and one of two in its region. The ceremony takes place August 16 at the White House. CYC's Board of Directors is personally funding the cost of the trip.
"In the CYC garden, children experience their impact in the community and on the environment," said Kimberly George, the project's coordinator. "When our children learn to think critically about where to plant to get the best sun, collaborate with their peers, and give back to the community, they grow up to be strong leaders."
Creating positive change in the community is part of CYC's garden program. North Lawndale has the second highest crime rate among Chicago's communities and a dearth of grocery stores selling fresh foods. CYC's K-5 students created a peace garden that produces fruits and vegetables, which youth donate to neighbors in need.
For the CYC children traveling to D.C., this trip will be their first to the nation's capital. For most, it will be their first trip outside of Chicago. "Many youth lack the resources to travel outside of their neighborhoods. Poverty and violence can limit children's experiences and undermine their dreams," said Roberta Douglas, the Center Director at CYC-ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center. "To accept an award at the White House is an incredible achievement. These children will grow up knowing they can overcome hurdles, reach their goals, and make an impact."
Photos will be available after the ceremony.
About Chicago Youth Centers: CYC gives youth in Chicago's underserved communities the tools needed to achieve in school, life, and ultimately the workforce: innovative and creative spaces to learn, engaged families and mentors, and programs designed to allow children to discover their potential. CYC serves more than 4,000 children and families each year at its seven neighborhood Centers and several partner sites. Learn more at www.chicagoyouthcenters.org, on Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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