• Karen Haralson

Our Summer Program with Transition-Age Youth

One of the programs we are operating here at Nourishing Generations is our nutrition education and hands-on class in partnership with another local nonprofit called Encompass Community Services.

This program focuses on serving youth from their Transition Age Youth Program (TAY) who are current and former foster, probation placement, and homeless between the ages of 17-24. This class runs all throughout Summer and is given once a week from June 20th to August 15th. This program helps support and empower these young adults in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood. Each class consists of 5-14 youth who have the opportunity to learn the basics of nutrition, kitchen safety, and hygiene, and culinary skills, giving them hands-on experience creating their own healthy meals, overall preparing them to create a healthy future. We began this program five years ago with two team members who are both certified and have a background in holistic nutrition and natural cooking. We love how we can help prepare these youth with skills to create a healthy future, which is why we continue to do it each Summer. With each year, this program, along with our others, is in constant need of funding, so please go to our DONATE page. If you are interested in volunteering, we are currently seeking volunteers to help with our fundraising and grant writing. Thank you for your generosity and support in helping us educate our youth on how to plan, prepare, and eat healthy meals!





Our Mission

We believe in making eating and living healthy-fun! We teach nutrition and culinary education to all ages through our programs within Santa Cruz County.

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