Youth Programs


Each summer Keep Growing Detroit facilitates a paid Summer Youth Apprenticeship program for 15-20 youth. During the program, youth learn about Detroit’s food system and develop the skills needed to grow and prepare healthy food. Over the course of 7 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.

In 2020, because of the health crisis, KGD’s youth Apprenticeship will be 100% home and web-based. Twenty youth will receive a stipend up to $1,000 to progress through a series of online benchmarks that will guide them on a good food journey. If you are or will be a youth aged 14-24 (by July 1st), living in the City of Detroit and eager to take this journey with Keep Growing Detroit, please APPLY TODAY. Applications are due May 8th. 


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. 

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