Sweet Water Foundation’s programs provide a vibrant environment for hands-on learning in a space that embodies the nexus between inspiration, education, and action. It is vital that young people understand how and why the city has evolved and how it may come to look in the future. As such, our goal at Sweet Water is to nurture a culture that facilitates the acquisition of learning, tools and collaborations necessary to bring about transformative change.



The heart of our programming is the Apprenticeship and Outreach Program (AOP), an intensive urban agriculture-based education and career program intervention.  Through educational programming, green-collar career training and community outreach, the AOP orchestrates the transformation of ‘blighted’ spaces (i.e. vacant lots and unused/underutilized spaces) into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, and locally-grown food.



Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces is an innovative, connected learning program that engages youth in community-driven, design+build projects using, an online platform where students, teachers, and mentors come together to design solutions for real-world challenges. Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces is a collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation that emerged from the Hive Chicago Network and is funded with the generous support of the Chicago Community Trust’s Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning.



The MYCELIA Project is an innovative and educational collaboration that unites various communities through hands-on, experiential projects that promote learning focused on food, soil, water, and energy sustainability. The MYCELIA Project uses an innovative, connected learning approach to engage students in STE(A+)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art+Agriculture+Architecture, and Math) disciplines, powered by interest, and linked to current challenges within their communities