Our Impact

Urban Creators Impact Summary

Since coming together in 2010, we have successfully revitalized over three acres of blighted land into a network of urban gardens and public green spaces. We have provided fresh produce to hundreds of local families each year; engaged over 7,000 students and volunteers in service-learning experiences; provided 140 employment and leadership development opportunities for 81 (unique individual) Philadelphia youth and young adults; and curated 196 public events which engaged 14,839 attendees while building visibility for 530 emerging artists and 331 small/local businesses. Through this work, we also contributed to a 40% decrease in Part 1 Violent crime in our immediate area, and have invested in the growth of 4 local businesses and organizations.

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Acres of vacant land revitalized

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Local families fed each year

7,000+

Students and volunteers engaged

140

Jobs and leadership development opportunities provided for Philadelphia Youth and Young Adults

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Curated 196 Public Events which engaged 14,839 attendees while building visibility for 530 emerging artists and 331 small/local businesses and organizations

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Contributed to a 40% decrease in Part 1 Violent crime in the area immediately surrounding Life Do Grow

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Incubated and invested in the growth of 4 local businesses and organizations

Our COVID-19 Response

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted a total of 106 markets at 7 key locations throughout North Philadelphia where we distributed approximately 61,000lbs of produce, 32,310 fresh meals, 21,300 diapers, 94,872 femenine hygiene products, 350 books, and hundreds of PPE items to our community.

Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture

By transforming vacant land into urban gardens, we have cultivated opportunities for countless neighbors, students, and stakeholders to access organic produce, participate in growing their own food and medicine, and develop intimate relationships with the earth, all rooted in love, respect, and reciprocity. Through this transformative process, our farm/gardens have helped to build food sovereignty in our community, while restoring local ecosystems and biodiversity.

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Provided fresh produce for hundreds local families each year, as well as infrastructure for 16 local families to grow their own food

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Revitalized 3 acres of blighted land into a thriving network of urban farms, gardens, public parks, and artistic venues

We Established:

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Urban Farm

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Community Gardens

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School Gardens

Education & Youth Development

Our educational programs have been designed with a hands-on and intersectional approach to learning, intended to support young people as they identify and actualize personal passions, develop technical skills and leadership capacity, and pioneer social change in their own neighborhoods. Over the years, our programs have focused on food justice, urban agriculture, nutrition and cooking, social entrepreneurship, creative expression, community organizing, and sustainable development, all grounded in a hyper-local context intended to build personal and collective resilience.

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Facilitated service-learning opportunities for over 7,000 students and volunteers

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Provided 140 jobs and leadership development opportunities for 81 (unique individual) youth and young adults

69%

Since 2017, 69% indicated that they have met and/or exceeded goals they set for themselves.

72%

are actively pursuing careers/passions inspired or supported during their time with the Urban Creators.

Arts & Entrepreneurship

Art, Celebration, and Entrepreneurship are key elements of our work. Each year
we host a series of public art events and community markets as a way of
creating platforms for radical self-expression and collaborative economic development. 
Our events have included music festivals, farmers markets, art galleries, jam
sessions, open mics, peace rallies, block parties, and, most notably,
our annual HOODSTOCK Festival: a “Celebration of Life &
Living in North Philadelphia”. These events and markets have
created meaningful connections throughout our extended community, 
increased access to fresh food and other critical resources, and built visibility
for local and emerging artists, entrepreneurs, organizers, activists, and
creators of all kinds.

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Curated 196 Public Arts Events, that have engaged approximately 14,839 attendees

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Offered dynamic platforms to build visibility for 530 emerging artists and 331 small/local businesses and organizations

Community & Economic Development

While the focus of our programs are food, art, and education, we have always worked towards fostering community resilience and economic opportunity. Some of the most significant outcomes of our work have emerged from our role as a creative platform and catalyst for the development of small local businesses, organizations, artists, and organizers.

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Provided jobs for 66 North Philadelphia residents (6 adults and 57 youth between 2014-2020)

$1.5M

Generated $1.5 million towards economic development in North Philadelphia (2010-2020)

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Contributed to a 40% decrease in Part 1 Violent Crime in the neighborhood directly surrounding Life DO Grow farm (2010-2020)

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Incubated and invested in the growth of 4 local businesses and organizations