Do you remember when you were ten or twelve years old? What were you up to at 7:30am on a Saturday morning? Many of us, myself included, were often asleep or up watching cartoons. The photo you see tells the story of young people with a drive, curiosity, and work ethic we had the pleasure of nurturing over the course of eighteen weeks during Aya Community Markets, the farmers market that we founded.
Every Saturday morning these three young boys, along several other boys and girls, arrived to help open and close the market. They learned the value of work and developed strong character while setting up tents, carrying boxes, and raking leaves. They expanded their worldview while learning about and trying new foods. They kept food diaries, read books and watched films about healthy food, and were introduced to the concept of social business.
We were able to provide this safe space, learning environment and source of pride thanks to the support of people like you. In 2013, we will begin to grow food in a garden plot where we can engage more DC youth. We will also be opening a second market location in an underserved community in Ward 7, serving more than 3,000 people who do not have equal access to healthy food choices. Among them are youth just like these. At Dreaming Out Loud, we cannot deepen our impact without you! So we ask for your generous donation to help us build healthy communities and a brighter future for DC youth. Are you with us?
Christopher Bradshaw, Executive Director