For the second year in a row, OSU Urban GEMS was recognized with two awards from the Franklin Park Conservatory Growing Green program. In 2018,
Urban GEMS was awarded the Education Garden of the Year Award and one of our youth, Ty’Keice Cox won the Youth Leader of the Year Award.
Urban GEMS was recognized on September 14, 2017 by the Franklin Park Conservatory Growing to Green 2017 Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award.
Urban GEMS is being implemented in two community sites in the urban core of Columbus. As the project continues to grow and engage youth we are constantly monitoring for measurable program impact on the youth we serve, their families and the larger community. Preliminary analyses show positive pre-post test differences among Urban GEMS youth in reducing sugary drink consumption, increasing water and green salad consumption.