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?
- 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)
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and help us build our network of employers.
- For more information contact the Executive Director, Charlie Uihlein at email@example.com
For more information about Split the Plate, contact the committee Chair, Phil Kroner via the church office.