Summer Job Exploration Training for Youth

Each summer, Workshops, Inc. provides a summer learning program for up to 40 high school students with disabilities. Students get the opportunity to work in a variety of local businesses over the course of 4 weeks - learning about jobs and workplaces that might offer a good long-term fit.

In 2019 we are offering these students an exciting new experience - the Art of Growing Vegetables. Using the idea of "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime," we want our students to learn the basics of growing vegetables, and to experience the satisfaction of seeing something grow that they planted and cultivated.

Workshops, Inc. is seeking help from the community for this summer program. We have a great space for the garden on our property in Avondale. We have eager students ready become gardeners. But there are a few more things we need:

  • Financial support to purchase tools, materials to build plant beds, soil, seeds and everything they'll need to garden.
  • Gardening expertise - volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge so our garden can grow and the students can have mentors to look up to.
  • Because the garden experience is not the only work experience our students will have, we are looking for other business sites where our students can gain work experience.