About New City Neighbors
New City Neighbors is a faith-based community development organization in Grand Rapids’ Creston Neighborhood. We work with a diverse community of urban youth in 1st to 12th grade by focusing on literacy, academic success, social-emotional learning, workforce development, and youth employment. We believe that when children’s minds, bodies, and spirit are well nourished and when they have a safe environment, they flourish. When children are supported, they are a vital part of creating a thriving community.
Our mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential. Click here to meet some of our youth and hear about our programs.
- Elementary Youth: Children in grades 1 to 5 attend our summer camp and afterschool programs, where they focus on literacy, spiritual growth, healthy living, social-emotional learning, and leadership.
- Middle School Students: Youth in grades 6 to 8 are introduced to job skills in our bakery, where they work in a commercial kitchen, making quality products sold at New City Cafe.
- High School Employees: Teens work either in our elementary programs (to support younger children in building a foundation in literacy, academics and spiritual growth) or in one of our social enterprises, New City Farm and New City Cafe. Youth experience workforce development while building skills in leadership, classroom management, sustainable agriculture, culinary entrepreneurship, customer service, and marketing.
OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES:
- New City Cafe: The Cafe successfully launched as a social enterprise in 2017. High school and middle school youth work together to run a weekly farm-to-table restaurant from July to September. The cafe sells delicious youth-made soups, salads, wood-fired pizzas and baked goods on our outdoor patio using produce grown on our farm.
- New City Farm: The Farm provides youth employment while increasing access to produce for 250 farm share families each year. Youth employees plant, weed, tend, harvest, market, and sell the vegetables and fruit that they grow. Low income families can stretch food dollars while making healthy choices by using EBT/SNAP benefits and Double Up Food Bucks to purchase farm shares.