Keep Growing Detroit’s youth programs are designed to prepare young people, ages of 14-18, for leadership positions in Detroit’s food system and to connect them with educational and employment opportunities in the field.
SUMMER YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Each summer Keep Growing Detroit facilitates a paid Summer Youth Apprenticeship program for 15 youth. During the program, youth develop the skills needed to grow fresh nutritious food at our urban farm. Over the course of 8 intense weeks youth experience a rigorous schedule filled with farm work, hands-on cooking workshops, and communal meals. Apprentices also participate in job and financial readiness training where they learn basic finance, budgeting, and banking as well as resume writing and interviewing skills. To reinforce these trainings, youth were exposed to both post secondary education and employment opportunities in the food system.
ACADEMIC YEAR YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Our academic year leadership development program supports past youth Apprentices with continuing training and skill development to help them to take their leadership to the next level. Youth that complete the program are encouraged to return to the Apprenticeship program as peer mentors and educators in the form of Crew Leaders and Fellows. Participating youth meet three times a month on average from October through May and receive a stipend for participation.