Grow Binghamton Youth Program Overview
The Grow Binghamton youth program provides meaningful employment for 25 youth (ages 14-21) for six weeks during the spring, six weeks during the summer, and six weeks during the fall. This program provides youth with the opportunity to build critical life and job skills to put them on a path to success while engaging them in creating greater food security for Binghamton residents. Youth participate in every aspect of food production from seed starting to distributing produce to Binghamton residents in need of access to fresh affordable food and building community gardens.
In addition to their hard work that produces thousands of pounds of vegetables each year, youth learn soft skills such as accepting constructive criticism, communicating and working in a group, and being punctual and reliable. The curriculum incorporates STEM through composting, soil health, engineering, etymology, and green infrastructure lessons as well as constructing a solar cooker. Broader learning concepts include building community, food policy, and comparisons of conventional and organic food systems. Youth also go through financial literacy training, interview prep, and resume writing skills.
The Fall of 2020 marked the launch of VINES’ youth employment programming during the academic year, offering 6 weeks of employment to 6 youth each fall and spring. They helped build new community gardens and raised beds at the homes of local residents.
The Many Facets of Grow Binghamton
Youth in the Garden
Youth on Field Trips
Youth in Workshops
For more information about VINES youth programs, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 607-205-8108.