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*MTCC Summer VISTA Garden City Harvest
The goal of this project is to accelerate personal and professional development of low-income and disadvantaged teens to enhance life and job skills needed for success in high school, in the workforce, and beyond. Garden City Harvest (GCH) was established in 1996 in response to federal government cuts to entitlement programs as a proactive, long-term solution to food insecurity. GCH’s mission is to plant seeds and grow together to create a healthy community. GCH envisions a connected community where everyone values and has access to healthy, local food. GCH operates a network of four neighborhood farms, ten community gardens, and seven school gardens, at 20 sites in Missoula, Montana. The nonprofit intentionally grows more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce every year for those in need, working with local service agencies to distribute that food. GCH runs educational Farm to School programs and youth employment programs, respectively serving more than 6,500 elementary school children, and 50-65 teenagers living in high-risk situations each year. The Youth Harvest Project (YHP) employs disadvantaged youth, ages 15-18, to work at one of its urban farms. Through YHP’s farm-based, work program teens learn to work together as a team, acquire sustainable farming and business skills, and grow as individuals both personally and professionally. Beyond farm work, YHP implements group support, educational activities, and community engagement to enhance personal development, and create a sense of community and belonging.
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Member Duties : Garden City Harvest seeks a Summer Associate for its Youth Harvest Project, a therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. They will serve as a role model and mentor to 10 youth. The VISTA will contribute to other program elements such as social-emotional groups and educational activities centered in sustainable agriculture, food security and health. Along with mentoring youth, the VISTA will perform daily farm tasks, including planting, weeding and harvesting. The VISTA will also participate in a mobile market at senior residences and produce packing and meal preparation at Missoula Food Bank. Weekly the VISTA will attend staff meetings to identify roles and responsibilities related to youth trainings, educational components, work at the Food Bank, individual youth behaviors and group dynamics to ensure the youths’ needs are being addressed. Lastly, the VISTA is expected to aid in record-keeping such as time sheets and mobile market tracking forms.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
Terms :
Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Hunger . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development . 
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*MTCC Summer VISTA Garden City Harvest

Program Start/End Date
06/08/2020  -   08/17/2020

Work Schedule Summer

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/03/2020  To  05/31/2020 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 95322