More than 150 students from six Catholic high schools and various parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown will join with neighbors and other volunteers to participate in Project Grow.
The activity will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at vacant lots near St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., and Immaculate Conception-Sacred Heart Parish, 400 Lincoln Park Drive.
This project, funded in large part by a grant from the Catholic Extension Society, will begin with a retreat experience for the students Friday evening.
On Saturday, participants will engage in neighborhood beautification and urban gardening activities.
Coordinating the Project Grow effort is the Rev. Edward Brienz, director of the diocese’s Propagation of the Faith and Missions Office.
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.P is providing technical assistance and support for the neighborhood improvement activities.
Other partners include the parishes of St. Dominic and Immaculate Conception-Sacred Heart, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown, the Raymond John Wean Foundation, the Youngstown Office of Litter Control and Recycling, the Youngstown Cursillo Movement, Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Youngstown Christian School.
Some students and faculty from Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline high schools from Mahoning County, Sts. John and Paul in Ashtabula County, Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas in Stark County, and Warren JFK from Trumbull County will also participate.