Youth & Schools Programming
Growing Hope provides school and youth programming which involve classroom, after-school, and summer educational opportunities for young people. During the school year, this includes nutrition-focused after-school programs and classroom lessons. During the summer, teen interns act as peer educators, older youth gain job skills through an employment program, and younger kids learn about healthy eating in garden-based nutrition education programs. Additionally, many schools groups participate in our school and community garden start-up training, and youth groups are regular volunteers.
After-School & Summer Learning: Whether through dyanamic and hands-on classroom activities or after-school cooking and gardening programs, our work uses an empowering approach to support students making healthier lifestyle choices.
Youth Employment: We help provide job preparation skills and employment opportunities for older youth through Michigan Works. Youth help in many aspects of Growing Hope, including our raised bed vegetable garden program, and to assist with development and upkeep at our education and demonstration site.
Youth Volunteerism: Through our volunteer programs, over 100 youth each season couple learning and service opportunities at our sites.
Perry Learning Garden & Head Start Seeds of Learning Garden: Growing Hope still plays an active role in these two original youth gardens, connecting neighborhood and schools kids with hands-on, garden-based learning.