We are so excited to announce that we have officially doubled the size of our Growing Entrepreneurs program. The program gives New Haven high school students the opportunity to learn job skills and entrepreneurial skills working for the Land Trust and piloting small businesses related to urban agriculture.
Summer 2017 Rasha, Carlos, and Brianna joined Land Trust veterans Sadilka and Xavier to become the first group of youth to experience the formal curriculum written by interns from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (now the Tsai Center). In the Fall they were joined by Jahlil, from the Common Ground Green Jobs program.
The success and enthusiasm of the first six Growing Entrepreneurs encouraged us to expand the program to serve a total of twelve students--and as of February 3rd, we have!
Nayeli, Nina, Camila, Kenny, Frank, and Cristofer are the new Growing Entrepreneurs. They go to four different high schools around the city and all had unique reasons for wanting to participate in the program. (To learn more about the new Growers, check out their profiles on our “Staff” page.)
On February 11th the new Growers had their first work-day. Despite the cold and the rain, they were real troopers--cleaning up the greenhouse and outdoor beds at Grand Acres. We cannot wait to see what they create for their individual business ventures and what exciting projects they take on as a team!