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The Young Friends Steering Committee was founded to raise awareness of the Danforth Center’s mission and impact among St. Louis professionals age 40 and under. At the Danforth Center, we aspire to improve the sustainability, availability, affordability and quality of food especially for those in the world who are underserved.
At the Danforth Center, we are uniquely capable of translating discoveries in basic plant science to the reality of food security and energy to power progress while preserving our life-sustaining environment. Our community-building efforts are helping to create economic growth in the St. Louis region, generating new companies, new jobs, and new investment opportunities in plant science, agtech and related fields.
Through hosting events, networking, and personal engagement the Young Friends Steering Committee is dedicated to increasing Danforth Center membership, active participation in Center sponsored events, and the understanding of the Danforth Center’s mission.
In 2017, the Young Friends hosted Party with the Plants on Friday, June 2nd. More than 175 guests enjoyed music, refreshments, networking and the opportunity to learn about the ecosystem in our growing Missouri tall grass prairie. Proceeds from the event supported the Danforth Center Innovation Fund, which includes our Community Garden.
Be sure to plant June 8th, 2018 on your calendar for the 2nd Annual Party with the Plants!
a non-profit organization committed to sharing yoga as a tool for increasing well-being and resiliency, teamed up with the Young Friends to host a night of stretching and breathing in an hour long, all-levels yoga class followed by a cocktail reception with Danforth scientists and 50 yogis.
Last week, the Young Friends took a moment to assemble care kits for Operation Food Search, our partner and the recipient o
f food grown in the Community Garden on campus, followed by a lively happy hour celebration of 2017 activities.
As we look to 2018, we invite you to join the Young Friends and help improve the human condition through plant science. As a Young Friend you will have the opportunity to learn about the local innovation ecosystem, and at the same time, be able to socialize and network with other young professionals who are dedicated to making a positive impact in the region and across the globe. If you are interested in becoming a member or want to learn more about the Young Friends Steering Committee, please contact Brigid Thayer, BThayer@danforthcenter.org or 314.587.1073.
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