May Split the Plate Supports Teens Grow Greens

May Split the Plate Supports Teens Grow Greens

Split the Plate is one of UUCW’s programs of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.

What is Teens Grow Greens?

Teens Grow Greens is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that grows teens through hands-on experience in healthy living, entrepreneurship, and leadership so that they become role models among their peers and in their community.

Why Teens Grow Greens?

  1. High rates of youth unemployment (73% unemployed in Milwaukee). However, Teens who do have jobs in high school are: more likely to be employed later, finish high school and earn more money over their lifetime. (US Department of Education)
  2. High rates of health-related illness in adults and children in Teens Grow Greens geographic reach. Research has shown education is a strong contributing factor to changing eating habits and children can influence the behavior of their guardians.
  3. Soft skills are needed in 21st century workplace but are not explicitly taught in school.

Graduates of Teens Grow Greens

  • Have a resume filled with work experience and supportive references – 93% of all TGG Graduates were able to obtain employment or attend pre-college programs for the summer of 2017.
  • Are supported through quarterly check-ins – 100% of TGG Graduates either graduated or are on-track to graduate high school.
  • Have an active savings account and experience with budgeting thanks to our partnership with Secure Futures Inc.

How Can You Support Teens Grow Greens?

  • Tax deductible financial contribution.

– $3,000 would provide the wages for a nine-month paid internship that will develop the skills, habits and values that will help a teenager succeed.

– $1,500 provides cooking classes for the Teens and Kids during Kids Grow Greens.

– $500 will provide healthy snacks and lunches for three weeks for both Chapters of Teens Grow Greens.

  • Know employers willing to hire Graduates of the program? Email and help us build our network of employers.
  • For more information contact the Executive Director, Charlie Uihlein at

For more information about Split the Plate, contact the committee Chair, Phil Kroner via the church office.