Beyond The Farm is an Alumni Volunteer Service Program that seeks to extend Stanford’s spirit of service to communities around the world. The Alumni Service projects are designed and led by alumni to help make an impact in local communities. Projects vary based on the interests of the project leaders and the needs of partner service organizations. Last year, Beyond The Farm Collaborated with Newark Opportunity Youth Network and led a painting project for Newark’s 1st Alternative Charter School. This year, the Alumni returned to LEAD Charter School for another fun project.

A child painting a tire, to turn it into a planter.

15 LEAD and YouthBuild students & 15 Stanford Alumni Volunteers engaged in an Outdoor Beautification project that reinforces team building and increases communication skills. Through this community service day, volunteers developed a sense of self-confidence, good citizenship and empowerment that comes from reaching out and helping others. The project consisted of painting tires and gardening Tire Planters.

Participants had full liberty to configure their tire planters, allowing them to express their creativity. At the end of the event, participants were asked what were some key takeaways:

“In order to get things done, you have to get dirty.”

“It was fun. All those tire planters are great and they are great because of all the creative different personalities that came together to make it.”

Our initiative with Beyond The Farm is growing and we are excited for next years project.

Two young women working together to add wooden supports to one of the freshly painted tires.

A team is working together to add soil to the newly installed tire planers.

Two volunteers are transplanting flowers some red flowers into the newly installed planters.