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2022 Youth Programming Mentor

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ORGANIZATION: Loveland Youth Gardeners

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Join us outdoors and enjoy becoming a mentor for youth in our program!

From Spring through Fall, our youth programming fosters fantastic relationship building between community members and the youth participants by sharing time at our farm learning about environmental stewardship and teamwork.

We are looking for adults 18 and up that are interested in working with at-risk youth ages 13 - 18. The youth program benefits from volunteers that have exceptional communication skills, are able to set good boundaries, enjoy working within a garden (though you do not need to have a lot of growing experience), are able to build relationships with our youth, and are comfortable working in a farm situation (walking on uneven ground, mostly standing, working in full sun, etc.). Our goal for the youth is to be seen, heard, and accepted as they are. Our belief is that relationships are essential; they are the foundation of the work we do. Consistent attendance is vital for this relationship building.

We have the following dates + times available:
- Monday from 8:00 - 11:00 am starting May 30th through October
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 - 11:30 am from May 31st - September 14th

It is understandable that not everyone can volunteer every day, but we hope that our volunteers can commit to joining regularly throughout the season. Contact our volunteer Coordinator (volunteer@lovelandyouthgardeners.org) for more information on times & dates.

Must be 18+ and able to pass a background check for this opportunity.

*COVID impacts will be address in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC*

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About Loveland Youth Gardeners

Location:

PO Box 1004, Loveland, CO 80539, US

Mission Statement

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

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Environment
Children & Youth, Community, Environment

WHEN

Tue May 31, 2022 - Mon Aug 29, 2022
08:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WHERE

2500 East 1st StreetLoveland, CO 80537

(40.39219,-105.04159)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Environmental Education
  • Farming
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Volunteers will arrive at 7:40 am and leave at 12:00 pm on selected dates. Weekly commitment would be preferable, but bi-monthly is also available.
  • Volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver and attend an orientation training.

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