At Conetoe Family life Center, we are youth-planned, youth-led, and sowing the seeds of change.
For more than 60 Edgecombe children participating, the Conetoe Family Life Center gives children a voice in their community, their health, and their future. We believe it’s about so more than a gardening effort; our unique program empowers children with the tools they need to develop leadership abilities, social skills and stress management techniques. They experience the benefits of eating well, sleeping well, and exercising. They learn science, math, organizational skills and financial planning. They develop business acumen, environmental stewardship, and a sense of community responsibility.
Many children who have participated in the program report that their involvement has increased their self-esteem and self-image, encouraged them to stay in school and provided a way for them to “belong” without having to join a gang. They are excited by their effort to improve their community, and are proud to have provided an impetus for other adult family members to change their eating, cooking and lifestyle habits alongside them.
By caring for the soil, their plants, their bees, and each other, the children at Conetoe Family Life Center learn what it takes to keep themselves and their community, thriving.