|Submission Date||May 3, 2014|
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Center for Sustainability
The BUG program began in 2009 through through a partnership with SCU, the Silicon Valley Health Trust, the National AmeriCorps Service Program, and 12 other garden/nutrition focused organizations to promote environmental education and healthy nutritional habits for at-risk families in San Jose. BUG programs work closely with SCU students through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and community-based learning programs. BUG programs conduct hands-on gardening, nutrition education, and science lessons in Gardner Academy, Washington Elementary, and with the Homesafe Women's Shelter.
Each year, more than 100 SCU students and community volunteers, and two AmeriCorps members provide enrichment activities for children, youth, teachers, and families in these marginalized communities. Over 700 youth participate in these programs and are evaluated using pre-and-post surveys during their classes. Results from these surveys indicate that participants leave the program with higher levels of knowledge about healthy eating, healthier eating habits at home, the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and where to source local vegetables and fruits.
Bronco Urban Gardens is an exemplary program, demonstrating collaborative goals, including internship opportunities, community health and development, garden education, environmental justice, and nutrition awareness.
50 SCU students participate through ELSJ programs, annually (Arrupe Placements). 700 youth (K-5) participate in BUG programs at three school garden locations (Gardner, Washington, Forge Garden). 1,150 hours of volunteerism from community members in school gardens. Post-surveys indicate strong improvements in awareness about healthy eating and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
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|Air & Climate||No|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||No|
|Diversity & Affordability||Yes|
|Health, Wellbeing & Work||Yes|
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