Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities


For the Love of Land and People uses youth experiences to examine The Food Project, a youth development and urban agriculture organization from the Greater Boston area. Both youth experience and program structures are viewed through the framework of Critical Youth Empowerment in order to analyze how youth experience empowerment and personal growth in The Food Project's youth programs. This study finds that The Food Project youth programs demonstrate effective empowerment because they successfully create safe spaces, engage youth in work that is meaningful to them, and give youth the confidence and skills to effect change in their world.


Emily Walls will graduate from Macalester in December 2017 with BA in American Studies and Educational Studies. She is from Lynn, Massachusetts and has worked with The Food Project since she was 15 years old. From her work with TFP she has developed a passion for urban agriculture and youth development. She also has an irrepressible love of fonts and enjoys doing graphic design in her spare time. She won the 2017 Educational Studies Department t-shirt design contest and designed the print layout for Tapestries, volume 6.

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