Eco Interns is an intensive job-training program for youth ages 14-19, which uses urban gardening, cooking, and entrepreneurship as a vehicle to develop leadership capabilities among youth. This program provides young people with an opportunity to develop and refine skills that will support them as they move into the workforce, particularly important as the rate of unemployed youth continues to grow nationally. Through this program young people are employed by CFET to work in the gardens, run the Farmer’s Market, and develop innovative value-added products like their hot sauce – KAPOW! The Eco Interns also learn valuable lessons about nutrition, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and teamwork.
In 2013 three Eco Interns participated in the 15th annual Rooted in Community Conference in Los Angeles. Below is a video of their experience.
Eco Intern Requirements
- Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 19
- Commitment to the entire program: The summer program begins with orientation on June 30, 2015 and ends with a community lunch on August 23rd. If you have any conflicts, please let us know in advance.
- Attendance Policy: Eco Interns will only be granted 2 excused absences. If you cannot be at work on time you must call at least 24 hours in advance. If an emergency arises, Eco Intern must submit a written note from a doctor or teacher pertaining to the situation.
- Ability to work well with others
Ability to meet expectations
Leadership skills and an interest in personal development