A new transformational program – Growing Leaders — sprung from the seeds that were planted in the 2014-2015 Mound S.T.E.M. School Urban Learning Garden program. Leveraging our strong partnership with Cleveland Botanical Garden (CBG), in October, 2015, we launched the Growing Leaders transformational program by recruiting ten young women, aged 15-18, from CBG’s Green Corps. Each month, the two-hour session highlights “soft skills” to help the participant matriculate from adolescence to adulthood. Also, each student received a Fitbit device to reinforce healthy lifestyle behaviors.