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Farming In Color (TM) 


We Develop Diaspora Youth to Solve Global Challenges in Food Security, Re-image  Historical Narratives and Overcome the Social Determinants of Health.

Our Programs


African Link Initiative (ALI) Core Program

ALI Core is our signature three-part program that culminates in a service-learning birthright trip to Africa.

Youth Voices! 


(TED-Ed) Club

Our scholars learn and practice public speaking and presentation skills and share their most passionate ideas for a better, more just, and sustainable world via TED-Ed Talks global platform.


We are an approved Club by the TED organization.


Farming in Color

Food Sovereignty

Urban Farming Movement

We help youth reconnect to the land, and excite their imaginations with the use of technology and overcome long-held deep seeded negative connotations of farming while Black and Brown.


Our scholar farmers will lead the next generation of highly skilled and capable leaders who will confront the local, regional, and global challenge of hunger.


Social Emotional Learning Workshops

We help youth better understand themselves and their world through richly developed social emotional learning (SEL) workshops & experiences.


Themes include:

  • Discovering My Purpose

  • I Am My Ancestor's Wildest Dreams

  • 3 Keys to Growth

  • The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

  • Global Citizens Unite

  • Who Am I?


Food Sovereignty Urban Farming Movement!

Our programs advance these
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...


– ALI Parent

“Ms. Shazel and the ALI team really really care about the children, and they’re dedicated to inspiring their greatness and reinforcing their self-worth and knowledge of self.” 

- Elizabeth Deravil, ALI scholar who now attends Princeton University.

“ALI's TED-Ed Student Talks Program was enlightening because it helped me to learn more about my strengths, weaknesses, and fears.
This opportunity will also help me in my future because I have a better understanding of public speaking and sharing ideas that I am passionate about.”

– Zoubir Yazid, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County

"Simply put, the ALI program is by far one of the most innovative/engaging research-based programs I have had the chance to implement within our organization.”
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