Are you interested in connecting with nature, community, and Indigenous culture while learning work and life skills with the possibility of earning money?
We are seeking middle schoolers and high schoolers to participate in skill-building activities that expose them to Indigenous cultural food practices, gardening, farming, entrepreneurial skills and communication skills with the opportunity to earn money. Youth will learn from Indigenous food producers, tend to urban garden plots, create value-added products with what they grow and forage, sell their goods at farmer’s markets, and practice photography and video skills to document their experiences in the program.
Where: AICHO’s gardens at Gimaajii, an urban garden site in the Hillside neighborhood, and field trips to the woods, Native Wise Farm, and other locations to learn about and experience cultural food practices.
When: Program times are subject to change depending on if it’s a week we are attending a farmer’s market or taking a field trip, but will generally look like this:
Thursday 11-3pm: Harvest, Make value added products
Friday 11-3pm: Make value-added products, Prep for Market
Saturday, 10-2:30pm: Farmer’s Market
Wednesday 11-3pm: Garden Tasks
Thursday 11-3pm: Garden Tasks, Make Value Added Items
Friday 11-3pm or TBD: Field Trips
Where: Program location will take place at our garden site on the Hillside (TBD), at the Niiwin Market on 4th Street, or at Gimaajii (202 W. Second Street).
***Participants will need to have a way of getting to program. If transportation is a barrier, let us know and we will try to find a solution. Transportation will be provided for field trips.
Benefits of Participation:
- Earn a portion of the profits from farmer’s markets based on your participation
- Learn work and life skills
- Connect with other youth in a safe and healthy environment
- Connect with culture, community, and nature as a path to health and healing
- Youth 16 and older who demonstrate a commitment to participation and skill-building will get the opportunity to apply to YES Duluth to earn an hourly wage for their participation.******
Youth Employment Services (YES) Duluth Program
DWD’s Youth Employment Services (YES) Duluth program provides employment and education support to eligible youth and young adults that reside in Duluth and are ages 16 to 24 at time of enrollment.
YES Duluth counselors connect young people with these services and more:
Education and Training
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