Tender Greens Sustainable Life Project


Erik Oberholtzer & Kristen Irving

Tender Greens Sustainable Life Project (TGSLP) is a program of Tender Greens restaurants. After connecting with the Los Angeles based nonprofit Standup For Kids, Tender Greens began hiring homeless teens to work in their restaurants and saw first-hand how food can bring healing and opportunity to young lives. The restaurant owners decided they could still do more to empower young people in their local community.

Beginning in the fall of 2011, TGSLP partnered with local nonprofits to recruit young adults transitioning out of the foster care system to participate in a farming program. Young adults live and work within a secure “family” structure, being taught and trained by experts in fields ranging from agriculture to culinary arts. 

After completing the program, TGSLP graduates will be ideal candidates for scholarships to attend school, university and internships across various disciplines. TGSLP continues to be an ongoing resource for all graduating members of the program, helping them take their next steps and encouraging them to remain active by mentoring and supporting future TGSLP participants. On and beyond the farm, TGSLP helps shape young adults who are prepared to confidently and successfully pursue their personal and professional goals.

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