Mecklenburg County Health Department
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
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Youth group members are clients of the Males Place program and reside in neighborhoods that have the County’s highest rates of crime, teen pregnancy and chronic disease. Youth range in age from 12 to 18 years old. All are African-American.
The project launched on April 11, 2009 with a kickoff that was held to till the garden and build a fence surrounding the 5,000 square foot plot. At this event were representatives from the collaborating agencies, 10 adult mentor volunteers who work with Male's Place youth, and 30 of The Males Place program participants.
Program Benefits and Building on Past Success
The benefits of the community garden program are: