Our bold mission and ambitious vision has been supported through a broad coalition including State and Local Leadership of Cooperative Ext., Parks and Rec., DPS as well as NC A&T, NCSU, UNCP, The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program and others. Returning veterans are key members of our team. Our first priority for the site will be to ‘flip’ the old staff housing on these sites into residential college internships for veterans who are completing their degrees at our sister universities. In turn, these veterans will be supported by our clinical staff to provide training and mentorship for the youth in our day programming.
Our clinical pilot program is 92% effective in preventing recidivism over a three year period in part due to this pairing. Currently, veterans train our youth in sustainable agriculture and our leading them in publishing their own graphic novel series ‘Prison Flip Comics.’ Your support allows this valuable work to continue and makes you a member of this powerful team.
Thank You For Your Support,
Noran Sanford MSW, LCSW, Board Chair growingchange.org
Bobby Hanmer PhD, Dir. Of UNCP Sustainable Ag. Program, Vice Chair