ProgramsYouth & Schools
Growing Hope provides youth & school programming which involves classroom, after-school, and summer educational opportunities for young people throughout the school year and into the summer!
Our youth programs combine hands on gardening education with healthy eating and cooking lessons. During the school year, our Youth and Schools team runs Seed2Plate after-school clubs at Ypsilanti schools and community centers. During the Summer, we employ Ypsilanti area teens as Teen Mentors. The Teen Mentors develop mentoring, leadership, and job skills. The Teen Mentors work at the Growing Hope urban farm and assist with the garden based nutrition education programs at the Growing Hope Center and community sites. In addition, Growing Hope hosts youth field trips and volunteer groups at our Growing Hope Center demonstration farm and children’s garden. One of our goals for 2017 is to continue to support local schools to develop their own gardens and to help train and empower these schools to take part in the farm to cafeteria/healthy lunchroom movement.
Seed2Plate After-School & Summer Programs
The paid Teen Mentor Internship Program provides local Ypsilanti teens with an opportunity to develop mentoring, leadership, and job skills. Teen Mentors work at the Growing Hope urban farm and assist with the garden based nutrition education programs based at the Growing Hope Center an community sites.
What does a Teen Mentor Do?
- Help young learners in after-school programs and summer camps.
- Learn how to grow and cook healthy food.
- Work on the Growing Hope Center farm and gardens.
- Help customers sample healthy food at our Downtown Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market.
- Be a mentor and example to teen and youth volunteers at Growing Hope.
- Earn $9.00/hr
Eligibility – To be a Growing Hope Teen Mentor, you must:
- Be able to work June-October
- Be between the ages of 15-18 as of June 13, 2017
- Have or obtain a work permit
- Secure your own transportation to and from work (rides, bus, walk, bike)
- Be able to work 5 hours a week during the school year and 15-20 hours a week during the Summer
- Be willing to work with other teens and youth
- Have permission from your parent/guardian
- Enjoy working outside!
How to apply:
- Get an application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scan and email your application to email@example.com
- Mail or hand deliver to Growing Hope Center at 922 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti
We will be accepting applications for Teen Mentors 2017 starting Monday, April 3rd!
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ON TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH!
Here is a photo of one of our Teen Mentors preparing a delicious salad after harvesting lettuce, beets, carrots, edible flowers, and herbs from our Growing Hope farm!
Youth Field Trips
Growing Hope plays an active role in helping establish and support gardens in Ypsilanti area schools with the help of active staff, principals, and community members. By working collaboratively with staff and administrators, we believe that we can encourage and support cafeterias to provide and promote local produce from area farms and gardens. Throughout 2016 and 2017, we are working closely with Perry Early Learning Center to support their school garden and healthy lunchroom efforts.
Perry Early Learning Center students and Growing Hope staff helping till the soil at the Perry Garden on Ypsilanti Pride Day in 2016!
Perry Early Learning Center students/farmers helping to plant squash, pumpkins, beans, and tomatoes!
Health and Wellness in Ypsilanti Schools
Growing Hope sits on the Ypsilanti Coordinated School Health Team, a coalition of teachers, parents, faculty, school administrators, and nutrition educators whose mission is to promote and implement the district’s Wellness Policy. The Policy guides everyone in the district to make healthy lifestyle choices through eating, physical activity and mental health.
Find out more about the Coordinated School Health Team’s Wellness Policy