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In addition to building parks and gardens, the LA Neighborhood Land Trust works in youth programs, leadership development, and policy. Visit our How To Help page to get involved.

Gardening Apprenticeship Program

gap The Gardening Apprenticeship Program (GAP) is a youth apprenticeship program that provides nutrition, environmental, and agricultural education classes, as well as hands-on skillbuilding to underserved and at-risk youth. In operation since 2012, GAP is a 12-week after-school program offered during the fall and spring semesters at Fremont High School, a Title I school in South LA.

Garden Interns and Apprentices meet once a week from 3:30-5:30pm to develop skills through peer learning and group activities while engaging in lessons around urban agriculture, environmental science, environmental justice, nutrition, healthy cooking, and fruit tree care. Participating students (1) receive environmental education, including the effects of agriculture in todays society, basic plant biology and lessons about agricultures effect on the watershed; (2) receive training in basic agricultural techniques through hands-on activities at established community gardens, and (3) get exposed to career opportunities in the agricultural and environmental fields through field trips and guest speaker sessions.

Partnerships Matter

gap The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust believes partnerships are critical to the success of our projects and programs. Fremont High School is a strong example of collaborative partnerships. Our partnerships with Fremont High School, UMMA Community Clinic, and many other organizations have created a center of health and wellness in the neighborhood. Funding for the GAP Program comes from the California Community Foundation, the California Endowment, AETNA Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and many other generous donors. Our work is not possible without strong support from the Fremont High School Principal Pedro Avalos Board member Richard Vladovic, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and LA City Councilmember Current Price.

Parks For All

Parks for All is a growing coalition of public health, environmental, social justice, affordable housing, and community-based organizations led by the Land Trust and five other groups. Our broader coalition includes 39 organizations and counting, everyone from youth soccer associations to environmental attorneys.


gap LA Neighborhood Land Trust
Community Health Councils
Natural Resources Defense Council
Pacoima Beautiful
Prevention Institute
T.R.U.S.T. South LA


Advancement Project, Anahuak Youth Soccer Association, Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, CDTech, Chatten-Brown & Carstens LLP, Coalition for Clean Air, Community Coalition, Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM), Crenshaw Walks, DakeLuna Consultants, East LA Community Corporation, El Nido Family Centers, Environment California, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, From Lot to Spot, Investing in Place, LA Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice, LA Conservation Corps, LA County Bicycle Coalition, LA-Más, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), Magnolia Community Initiative, Mujeres de la Tierra, Sierra Club, Social Justice Learning Institute, St. Johns Well Child and Family Center, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), The GR818ERS, The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, Tia Churchas, Trust for Public Land, Urban Semillas, Valley Care Community Consortium, Watts/Century Latino Organization, Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services (WORKS), Youth Policy Institute, Youth Speak Collective.

For more information, contact the Parks For All Campaign at or 213.797.6546