City Blossoms cultivates the well-being of local communities through creative programming in kid-driven gardens. It collaborates with schools, early childhood centers, neighborhood groups, and community-based organizations to connect underserved communities to safe green space and garden-based programming, taking unused or underused land and creating urban gardens where children and youth use their creativity, intellect, and energy in new ways. Offering free and affordable in-school, after-school, and summer programming at 32 active sites for children (toddlers to teens) who would otherwise have little access to green spaces, the focus is healthy living skills, artistic expression, environmental stewardship, and community development. Dozens of neighborhood organizations, thousands of volunteers, and over 100 schools are part of the greening effort, fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources. Green thumb or not, you can help them grow.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 4
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students
Schools They Work In: DC Bilingual Public Charter School; Eastern Senior High School; Cleveland Elementary School; Capital City Public Charter School; E.L Haynes Public Charter School; Mundo Verde Public Charter School; Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School; Wilson Senior High School; Eaton Elementary School; Tubman Elementary School; Paul Public Charter School; Bethune Public Charter School; Hardy Middle School
Awards & Recognition
Think Local First DC Femivore Award, 2013
Stone Soup DC Hero, 2013
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' "Livable, Walkable" Award, 2012
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- The current budget for City Blossoms is: Less than $500k
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