Youth HEAL is an intergenerational leadership pipeline that prepares 10 local youth and elders each year for leadership roles in the movement to build a sustainable community food system through urban agriculture, social enterprise, and community organizing.
WHO: Youth ages 16-24 and adults 50+
FORMAT: Participants must attend one 2-hour group learning session and a 6-8 hour independent Field Assignment. The Field Assignment activities may include, but are not limited to crop management and composting tasks, such as weeding, natural pest management and controls, irrigation, record keeping (garden journals), and general maintenance of the common areas in the garden and communal urban farm.
PHASE 1: Sept 1 – Dec 30, 2015
- Good Food Changemaker Curriculum, Fall Season Crops
- Design Charrette Sessions: Mobile Farm Stand design & development
PHASE 2: Jan 15 - Jun 30, 2016
- Good Food Changemaker Curriculum, Spring Season Crops
- Entrepreneur Empowerment Education & Business Plan Development
- Test-drive Bicycle Mobile Farm Stand
- 8-weeks Produce Distribution to Ramona Gardens
TIME COMMMITMENT: Participants must be available a without interruption for a period of 10 months, Sept 2015 to June 30, 2016. In addition, participants must be able to dedicate 8-10 hours per week for group learning sessions and field assignments in the garden.
INCENTIVE: Participant benefits include a one-year tuition-free education in urban agriculture, food justice, and community organizing. In addition, participants receive a $100 monthly stipend for three consecutive months (September, October, and November) upon completion of 4 weekly lessons and a 6-8 hour weekly Field Assignment during each of those three months.