Youth Development Center wins national gardening award

By Edward Smith

butterflyTeens in the Youth Development Center won the 2006 Youth Garden Award, sponsored by the National Gardening Association. Their project was one of 50 winners selected from 1,363 schools and community gardening programs nationwide.

Located in Aiken County, the Youth Development Center offers alternative residential learning programs for non-violent juvenile offenders through a partnership between Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute and the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.

The center delivers a 12-week cycle of educational modules in an outdoor setting to build the skills young people need to succeed in the classroom and in life. The only one of its kind in the state, the center serves up to 60 youths each session.

For information: Edward Smith, 803-502-1683,