The Eco Internship is an intensive youth development program for Camden youth ages 14-19, which uses urban gardening, cooking, and entrepreneurship as a vehicle to develop leadership, collaborative skills, and critical thinking among youth. This program provides young people with an opportunity to develop and refine the soft 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.
Eco Intern Requirements
- Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 19
- Commitment to the entire program: The program runs from July 1 – August 22, 2020. 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
Youth Leadership Program
The Youth Leadership Program is open to those who have completed an Eco Internship and would like to return the following season. During this second season at CFET, they serve an important mentorship role with first time participants in our program, and are an important part of our leadership team. Youth Leaders work with the CFET staff to develop and run the summer workshops, help plan and implement the garden seeding and planting schedule, and serve in a supervisory role with the Eco Interns. Interested youth must complete the fall program, which is held after school twice weekly and on some Saturdays during which we make our Kapow! hot sauce. Youth Leaders are selected from this group and are expected to start working again in the spring, when planning for the upcoming summer season begins again. This program is designed to challenge young people to further develop their self confidence, public speaking, and responsibility.