Every summer, Baton Roots participates in the Mayor’s Youth Workforce Experience summer program. This initiative is led by the Mayor’s office, Big Buddy, and other community organizations, looks to “creates a pathway to success by providing young adults with a chance to discover interests, build skills, and explore careers through experiences that can serve as the foundation for educational and professional success.” The program offers rising 9th graders through recent high school graduates summer internship opportunities at local organizations. Find more information on MYWE here.
Baton Roots MYWE Summer Program History
# MYWE Youth Interns
This summer, youth interns came from schools including Scotlandville, Istrouma, Capitol High Schools, and Second Chance Academy. The students working on the farm range from rising 9th graders to college-bound high school graduates.
Students are learning the fundamentals of urban agroforestry and community-based programming. Students participate in many parts of Baton Roots including working in the greenhouse starting seeds and maintaining seedlings, planting crops at community farm and garden sites around EBR, co-leading field trips and community programs for K-12 students in summer camps, and hosting community volunteer events at the Baton Roots Community Farm at Howell Park.
Youth at Baton Roots this Summer.
Baton Roots MYWE interns have attended educational and professional development opportunities including attending the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Field Day hosted by LSU Ag at Buden Gardens, participating in a fruit tree maintenance workshop led by Baton Rouge Green, and touring the SU Ag Greenhouses. Students are gaining essential skills in horticulture, permaculture, arboriculture, community-based education, public speaking, and teamwork.
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