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A Dynamic Speaker . . . Kay Bolden is the CEO and Accidental Farmer at Warren-Sharpe Community Center, where she grows healthy vegetables, mighty kids and strong families, one little garden at a time.  She loves to share her experience in cultivating neighborhood solutions to neighborhood problems.  For some, her talks inspire and help the audience appreciate the positive things in their world. For others, her talks allow the Center to pay it forward as Kay provides practical tips and solutions that the audience can use to bringing about change in their community.  

Kay specializes in creative learning programs for children and teens, and believes in the power of youth leadership. At Warren-Sharpe, programs are designed to cultivate creativity, love of learning, responsibility, healthy choices and ownership of our neighborhood. Because the things that are wrong in our community can be cured by the things that are right in our community.


At the end of each talk, Kay does a book signing and gives the audience a chance to speak with her personally.  Those who feel drawn can also make a donation and help support the Center’s ongoing needs.  


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Contact the Center to discuss speaking fees.  Rates vary based on travel and length of talk and may be adjusted to accommodate small budgets.  The proceeds from all speaking engagements support youth and garden programs at the Warren-Sharpe Community Center.  


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Most Requested Topics
  • Why Start an Urban Farm?

  • Girls' Empowerment

  • Women's Leadership Workshop

  • Capacity Building

  • Reconnecting our “plugged in” children to the earth

  • Grassroots Community Development

Purchase the cookbook, Veggie Casserole, and have fun cooking while supporting our community center.

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Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama, the children of Warren-Sharpe Community Center planted an urban garden. Soon they were harvesting vegetables and cooking healthy meals for everyone on their block. In August, 2015 they would step onto the South Lawn of the White House, and see for themselves that dreams can come true. In a neighborhood with more guns than jobs, the Warren-Sharpe kids created a garden of hope. Veggie Casserole is the story of what they've learned -- about gardening and cooking, about reclaiming their community, and about building the future with their own hands. All proceeds from this book benefit youth and garden programs at Warren-Sharpe Community Center.

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A community organizer and civil rights activist, Kathleen Bolden founded the Warren-Sharpe Community Center to support and empower at-risk youth and their families. Her campaigns for peace and justice continued until her untimely death at age 57. This collection of essays -- written by the people who knew her, loved her and fought by her side -- chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman through childhood and motherhood, civil unrest and social injustice, tragedy and triumph. In the words of her friend, poet Lita Holmes, "She dared to believe the world could be a better place ... and because of her ... it is."

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