[image credit: Pentridge Children's Garden]
Children in at-risk urban areas have fewer after-school resources
In many urban areas, the hours immediately after school are the ones when children are exposed to peer pressure and even recruited into gang activity. Since lower-income neighborhoods generate less funding for after-school programs, these children may be less equipped than their suburban peers.
Solution: Start a community garden
The Pentridge Children's Garden in West Philadelphia serves as a popular hangout for students after school. The garden is a volunteer run green space where kids can learn to garden, play in a natural environment, eat nutritious snacks, and participate in artistic and creative activities.
These activities provide a positive space for children to not only learn better nutritional habits, but as an alternative to the negative influences they may be exposed to in the neighborhood.
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