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Roots & Wings Youth Leaders Program

Angelic Organics Learning Center offers the Roots & Wings Youth Leader Program to increase youth job skills through community-based urban farming, business, and cooking trainings.Roots & Wings, Roots&Wings, Youth Leader, Urban Farm, Rockford Urban Farm, Angelic Organics Learning Center

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.

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