River City Youth OPS
(formerly Project Hope Spokane)
River City Youth Ops creates opportunities for youth, in their neighborhood, through job training, education and community engagement.
Teens farm produce in vacant logs, sell it at farmer's market and grocers, and do lawn care through the West Central Lawn Care service.
This organization gives youths an entry-level job and the skills and experience to get another job later. That includes learning how to fill out tax information, and get a food handler's permit.
A related goal is to help slow "summer slide," the decline in learning and activity experienced by many students during summer vacation. Much of the work the teenagers do integrates concepts or skills they are learning in school.
- Mostly in the summer, on our scattered site urban farm.
- Volunteer on the farm. Farming is tough, and the youth of West Central are up to the task. We need help preparing beds, planting, designing lots, watering vegetables, trellising, and weeding, weeding, weeding. Volunteers on the farm should dress appropriately for working outdoors and a water bottle.
- Volunteer with the participants. For people who want to volunteer with the youth in our program, we require a completed application. We will also run a background check to make sure people working with the youth are safe positive role models. The best time to do this is during the summer program.
- Use Our Services. Whether you hire us to care for your lawn, or you purchase fresh produce from us at the market, you are providing an opportunity for our participants to do meaningful work and see the value in providing goods and services in the community!