I believe the cycle of poverty can be broken and the most promising way to do that is by showing youth who grew up in poverty how beautiful life can be if it's given the proper care. Hearing life stories from homeless and runaway youth, I know they want to succeed, they just don't have the resources to do so. Gardening can be therapeutic, and it can also help solidify the concepts behind nutrition and help them understand why it is so important to eat fresh food that can be grown from the ground. It's a skill that can bring them joy wherever they may be in the future. Also, it gives staff a chance to bond with the youth in a non-traditional, "patient-doctor" setting which may allow the youth to be more open to sharing some of his or her needs. Planting in the garden box is not a life altering program, but for those introverted youth who enjoy quite and calm settings, this program may offer a comforting environment in times of difficulty.