2014 Summer Youth Employment Program
Planning is underway for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program. VINES has been awarded a 3-year CDBG Grant from the City of Binghamton to implement this program. We are so excited to continue to provide this opportunity to City of Binghamton teens!
Youth ages 15-21 may apply. You must be a resident of the CITY of Binghamton. Only 12 youth will be accepted and 3 will be on a waiting list. More than half of hired employees must fall within low/moderate income guidelines for entire household. All must be able to show proof of residency.
The Summer program goes from July 1 – August 8, 2014. Hours are Tuesday, 9:00am – 12:00pm and Wednesday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm with a 1-hour lunch break. Youth will be working at the Binghamton Urban Farm located at 16 Tudor St, Binghamton as well as additional community garden sites, CHOW farm and various field trips to area farms. Youth will also participate in workforce development training opportunities. See below for photos and information from past programs! Check out a video from last year’s program!
Click here to Apply Online! Deadline to submit an application is April 7, 2014. Interviews will be completed and decisions made by April 18, 2014. We are offering 3 Spring volunteering and training opportunities for youth who would like to get their hands dirty and see if working with VINES is a good fit. Volunteering is not mandatory but highly recommended. This is an excellent opportunity to “pre-qualify” for a job with VINES! See below for information.
You may also print an application to mail in:
Call if you need us to mail you an application and volunteer form or click here to print a copy of the SYP application 2014 and Youth Volunteer Form 2014. You can mail them to: VINES, PO Box 3104, Binghamton, NY 13902
You MUST register if you will be joining us for a volunteer work or training session.
Monday, March 24, 2014 – Columbus Park Community Garden, 26 Columbus Park East, Binghamton from 3:30pm-4:45pm. Volunteers will see the first VINES community garden and do work tilling in soil to prepare garden beds for Spring planting.
Monday, March 31, 2014 – 3:30 pm-6:00 pm Dinner included! Location TBD. Interactive and educational training opportunity to learn about food system/justice issues and sustainable agriculture. Youth will also learn about the Summer Youth Employment Program at the Urban Farm.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Binghamton Urban Farm, 16 Tudor St, Binghamton from 1:30 pm- 3:30pm. Get outside during Spring Break! This is a great chance to tour the urban farm and get your hands dirty while working with your peers.
Additional volunteer opportunities are available sooner and for those interested please email Lauren Tonti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-205-8108.
Please browse the website to learn more about VINES and the Summer Youth Employment Program.
2013 Summer Youth Employment Program Overview
August 9, 2013 marked the 4th successful conclusion of the Summer Youth Employment Program, a 6-week program run by VINES in which 10 Binghamton youth are hired to continue ongoing development of the Urban Farm and community gardens. Additionally, we employed two Market Garden Assistants, also youth, who work through the entire growing season and who function as leaders during the youth program. Funding was provided by the City of Binghamton’s Green Jobs Grant, which comes from Community Development Block Grant funds.
All of our goals for this summer were accomplished thanks to the help of this year’s crew. They utilized the expansions made on the Urban Farm by last year’s program and increased additional growing space both outside and in the greenhouse. They assisted in the design and construction of a community greenspace on Susquehanna st, a new community orchard on Liberty st, and provided maintenance of several community garden sites. The youth also participated in all the stages of growing and harvesting food on the Urban Farm, learning valuable lessons about where food comes from.
Although urban agriculture was the focus of tasks performed during the youth employment, the incorporation of education and general job skills is integral to the success of the program. This is accomplished by partnering with several local organizations to provide workshops about job professionalism, interviews, and nutrition education, in addition to workshops about composting, rural farming, and livestock. As has been done in previous years, youth learn about how to safely prepare and cook fresh vegetables harvested from the Urban Farm.
Overall, the participants this year were a highly motivated and hard-working group. We couldn’t have accomplished all our goals without them, and are glad that they’ve reached some of their personal goals through their employment as well!
If you missed applying for this year’s program, stay tuned next year for job opportunities as a youth crew member!
Youth employees will farm land in downtown Binghamton, participate in workshops about the food system and nutrition, and help promote the Urban Farm in the community.
Eligible applicants must: be between 15 and 18, be available to work the entire 6-week summer program, be residents of the city of Binghamton, have an interest in working at the Binghamton Urban Farm, and be able and willing to do strenuous work outdoors in all weather conditions (heat, rain, bugs, etc). Dates and more information TBA.
Have any questions about the application or the program?
Contact us at 205-8108 or email email@example.com.
VINES 2nd Summer Youth Employment Program at the Urban Farm a Big Success!
Our 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program employed 12 Binghamton youth, while teaching them valuable job skills and providing essential assistance in continuing to develop the Urban Farm. The program was funded through the City of Binghamton’s Green Jobs Grant, which comes from Community Development Block Grant funds. The program benefited greatly from a partnership with Broome County Gang Prevention (BCGP).
The program expanded upon last year’s achievements, incorporating many of the same successful activities and projects. As in 2010, youth learned about the process of growing and selling produce from start to finish. They also cooked with produce grown at the farm, prepared a meal which was shared with BCGP’s Growing Connection program, Mayor Matt Ryan, and several residents at the Binghamton Housing Authority. Youth employees met local farmers and learned about our food system and the importance of supporting local farms.
This year’s program also included some new components based on our research on other successful urban agriculture youth programs. We employed two of the youth as crew leaders, giving them an additional level of responsibility and an opportunity to gain more leadership skills and training. We also incorporated a feedback component called Straight Talk, which gave youth a chance to learn about their strengths and opportunities for improvement, increase their self knowledge and communication skills, and improve their ability to give and receive feedback. The program this year also incorporated more job and life skills training – all youth finished the program with a completed resume to use in future job searches and also learned some of the basics of interviewing for a job, opening a bank account, and money management.
Many thanks to the wonderful group of youth participants that worked on the farm this summer. We shared a lot with them, learned a lot from them, and we hope many of them will come back to work with us again next summer!