Roots & Wings Youth Leaders Program
In order to participate in the summer Youth Leader Program, youth (ages 12-18) are nominated by a leader in their community. Current Youth Leaders interview and hire the nominees. Youth Leaders participate in up to 25 hours per week of farming, selling, and/or cooking, and earn a stipend based on five core behaviors (respect, initiative, timeliness, preparedness, and participation).
Farming: While farming, Youth Leaders learn about planning, planting, weeding, and harvesting.
Selling: While selling produce, Youth Leaders learn about vegetable prices, customer service, supply and demand, record keeping, and running a small business.
Cooking: While in cooking sessions, Youth Leaders learn about meal planning, healthy food, kitchen safety, food preparation, and cooking techniques.
Watch Growing Rockford, a short film by Rockford Roots & Wings