We are looking for adults 18 and up that are interested in working with youth at-risk ages 13 - 18 and can manage 3-4 youth at a time. We are looking for volunteers that have exceptional communication skills, able to set good boundaries, enjoy working within a garden but do not need to have a lot of growing experience, able to build relationships with our youth, comfortable working in a farm situation (walking on uneven ground, standing for sometime, working in full sun the majority of the time, etc. ). Our goal for our youth is to be seen, heard and accepted as they are. We believe relationships are vital and are the foundation of the work we do. Consistent attendance is vital for relationship building. We understand not everyone can volunteer everyday, but we hope our volunteers can commit to volunteering regularly throughout the summer. Volunteers are needed Monday - Friday 8 am - 12:30 pm from June 1 - August 13. From then we move to Saturdays only 8 am - 12: 30 until the middle of october. To sign up, you all can visit: https://www. lovelandyouthgardeners.org/ summer-program-volunteer-needs . Passing a background check is a must.
Mission: Loveland Youth Gardeners empowers youth facing challenges to cultivate life/work skills, environmental stewardship and community service. Vision: Loveland Youth Gardeners helps youth blossom as individuals and grow in their relationships with people and the Earth. Our Goals: Develop job and life skills Promote active volunteerism through community service Encourage environmental stewardship by educating about natural resource and conservation practices Our Values: Positive relationships Respect for self, others, and environment Community Engagement Compassion Commitment Diversity Collaboration Interdependence
Youth Gardening Program - (May to September) Students grow their own gardens, are taught a gardening curriculum, attend field trips and hear guest speakers, give tours of the garden, operate a road side farm stand and donate pesticide-free produce to low-income residents of the community.
Leaf-Out - (nearly year-round) Students can move to this "next" level program where they further develop job, social & life skills by working in the community/production garden, process/sell produce to local venues, and volunteer in community service projects.
Enterprise Internship - (nearly year-round) Students can apply to move into the Enterprise Internship program where their focus is on developing a product using herbs and/or produce from the gardens, marketing/sales & managing a business.
Branch Out - (Year-round Outreach Program) Branch Out focuses on serving all youth (ages 3-21) in our community. Programming and activities can go "on the road" to serve young people where they learn, live, work, or can be hosted on-site at LYG.
Loveland Plant a Row for the Hungry - Loveland Youth Gardeners initiated Loveland PAR in 2005. To date, the large community network that makes up Loveland PAR has contributed nearly 195,000 lbs. of produce to needy families in our community.