The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Empowering at risk and foster youth through vocational opportunities in urban agriculture.
Growing Alliances’ Fostered Youth Employment Program employs a team of youth ages 16-24 to grow food to donate, sell and cook for themselves, while they simultaneously participate in workshops on job skills and on the history, economics and politics of the food system.
Growing Alliances is a job readiness program, so our youth employees participate in weekly workshops, which cover work qualities that employers and researchers find valuable for job security. We provide other opportunities to gain applicable skills by creating Youth Positions in the organization that may relate more closely to their interests. These positions include but are not limited to: sales, social media coordinator, film maker, artist/designer, budgeting and community outreach/marketing.