Urban G.E.M.S. (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability) is a positive youth development program that uses gardening to teach science, nutrition, health and wellness, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship. The desired long-term outcomes for Urban GEMS are to:
1. Increase teen engagement in school/education through STEM and experiential learning program activities.
2. Increase nutritional knowledge to improve healthy eating and decrease unhealthy eating habits among participants.
3. Increase community involvement in changing patterns of food consumption.
4. Produce young people who are on a pathway to success in work and/or higher education.
Urban GEMS was developed by Dr. Deanna Wilkinson and funded by the USDA/NIFA Children Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program. Click here for more information about this very successful program at The Ohio State University .