Summer Teen Program

Growing Hope’s 8 week, paid Summer Teen Program provides teens with an opportunity to develop leadership and job skills while learning gardening and nutrition concepts and gaining an understanding of food justice work. Teens will spend mornings working on our urban farm and in community gardens while dedicating their afternoons to workshops in sustainable agriculture, healthy eating, food justice, and professional development. This program is open to Ypsilanti high school aged youth, ages 14-18.

What do our Summer Teens do?

    • Work on the Growing Hope Urban Farm and in community gardens
    • Grow and harvest fresh produce to donate to local food pantries
    • Learn about healthy eating, sustainability, and food justice
    • Make a difference in the Ypsilanti community
    • Get paid $10/hour for 20 hours/week


Due to Covid-19, the entire program will be outdoors. Mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing will be enforced. Feel free to reach out to our Youth Programs Manager, Cassandra Van Dam, with any questions at [email protected].


Teen Leadership Program

Growing Hope’s after school Teen Leadership Program is a paid leadership development opportunity for teens that have completed our Summer Teen Program. This program builds off the skills learned through our summer program and equips teens with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become the next generation of changemakers in our food system.


What do our Teen Leaders do?

  • Explore in-depth topics related to food justice, healthy eating, and community change
  • Learn and practice leadership skills like public speaking, group facilitation, and community asset mapping
  • Find solutions to issues of food justice in our community and develop a group project to address a specific issue
  • Educate and inform community members on the work that they are doing
  • Teens can continue into the next summer as a Crew Leader and help shape and direct the
    summer program

Upcoming Events

3:00 pm Tuesday Farmers Market
Tuesday Farmers Market
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday Farmers Market
Since 2006, Growing Hope’s downtown Farmers Market has been a source of fresh, affordable food for all income levels.
10:00 am Wednesday Volunteer Days @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
Wednesday Volunteer Days @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday Volunteer Days @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
We couldn’t do the work that we do without YOU. Get involved with Growing Hope by volunteering at the Growing Hope Urban Farm. Growing Hope fosters an equitable and sustainable local food system where all[...]
9:00 am Saturday Farmers Market @ Depot Town
Saturday Farmers Market @ Depot Town
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday Farmers Market @ Depot Town
Since 2013, Growing Hope has managed and funded the beloved and historic Depot Town Farmers Market in Ypsilanti on Saturdays.