All kids are gifted – and those gifts are vital to our community’s health. Matthew 25 empowers youth through positive relationships, hands-on education, and artistic exploration.


School Partnerships

See how Matthew 25 partners with local schools to empower and teach children. Learn about our Book Buddies and school garden programs.


Summer Youth Programs

Find high-quality summer programs for kids in grades K through 12. We support healthy, sustainable communities by teaching kids and families about healthy, sustainable food and social issues. Our programs include:


Urban Farm Tours

Visit Iowa’s first urban farm to learn about agriculture and environmental stewardship, enjoy hands-on exploration, taste farm-fresh produce, and more.



Groundswell is Matthew 25’s community gathering space and youth arts venue. It offers a home for the arts that includes open mic nights, concerts, educational programming, and art shows.


Home Hydroponics On

Home Hydroponics On, presented by STEAM On and hosted by Matthew 25, is a 10 week, three stage program in which members are invited to utilize STEAM principles throughout the design and construction of hydroponic systems. Participants will work to create prototypes of hydroponic systems with the goal of producing food, medicine, fibers or other materials focusing on upcycling, automation and beauty. Click here for more information about the curriculum.

The program will be on Tuesdays, 6- 9 PM, from April 24 – June 26. It is open to anyone age 12 or older and costs $80 for the entire 10 weeks (scholarships are available). To register visit or contact