Forester said it was sort of bittersweet when the program concluded on Friday, Aug. 20.
"The kids are kind of sad because today is the last day," said Forester. "The kids look up to these teens since they have been there all summer, the interns have gotten to know some children in the neighborhoods."
Funding for these types of program is always a challenge, said Forester, but SICM received a two-year grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation totaling more than $200,000 to assist in their efforts. The Edible Playgrounds program used around $15,000 from the grant this year, and it coincided with the Safe Parks initiative.
Mattis said she is not sure if the program will continue next year due to funding concerns.
"I would love to see this kind of program continue, because it had such great response and positive outcome for everyone involved," said Mattis.""