The seeds of Youth Ops were planted in 2004
Investing in Our Youth
The idea was, and continues to be, that training area youth in the summer, when there are fewer structured activities for youth to connect to, would not only provide valuable job skills, but give participants a sense of pride and ownership in their community, and engage them in understanding that they have the power to create their own community. [Read more...]
There are a number of ways you can get involved with River City Youth Ops!
Use Our Services
Whether you hire us to care for your lawn, or you purchase fresh produce from us at the market, you're providing an opportunity for our participants to do meaningful work and see the value in providing goods and services in the community!
Volunteer Your Time
Youth Ops welcomes volunteer groups of all shapes and sizes. Contact us via our volunteer page page to schedule a time for your group to come out and do some urban farming.
Youth Ops Urban Farm
Cultivate and enjoy food from seed to table.
Our Farm is a scattered-site urban farm cultivated by participants of Youth Ops. Rather than operating as a single physical space, our farm is made up of donated, undeveloped lots scattered throughout the West Central neighborhood. [Read more...]
Local property owners donate use of the space to Youth Ops, which grows thousands of pounds of food on the lots for use at the market, for sale to local businesses.
Each site is artfully re-purposed to be not only agriculturally productive, but also to beautify the neighborhood.
Youth Ops Lawn Care
Youth Ops Lawn Care is a job training initiative, whereby youth from the neighborhood staff a lawn care service, which tends the lawns of area residents and commercial properties.
This program provides job training, skill building, business experience, entrepreneurial opportunity, positive social outlet, and community development.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I support Youth Ops?
Use our Lawn care Services, Buy our Produce at local Markets
Volunteer your time
Support us Financially
Share Youth Ops with your friends
Is Youth Ops only in West Central Spokane?
Our work began in West Central and we’ve expanded to include the Emerson Garfield Neighborhood, and now we're expanding even further.
How old do I have to be to participate in Youth Ops?
Currently we work with 11-18 year olds in our Job Training programs. We are looking at developing programs for both younger and older participants.
Do Participants get paid?
Participants, ages 11-13 receive a stipend for their participation in the program and participants ages 14-18 are seasonal employees who are paid minimum wage.
You can help
All kids face challenges,
some more so than others!
Please join us in giving these kids healthy options and a brighter future.
For material donations such as garden tools or office supplies
call our office at 703-7433.