The Detroit Garden Center has provided volunteers at Alternatives For Girls for over 20 years. Alternative For Girls “mission is” to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploration, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.”
During the 6 week Rise N Shine summer camp at Alternatives For Girls, volunteers provide a gardening experience for girls 6 – 12 years of age. Volunteers prepare and plant beds, and work with the girls sharing the basics of planting, composting, and harvesting. Bees, butterflies, herbs and using produce are some of the topics covered during the weekly camp sessions.
The girls love to get their hands dirty, and volunteers are rewarded by the enthusiasm of the girls.