GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Youth in our summer jobs program are receiving more than just a paycheck. They’ve been growing positive relationships and learning skills that last a lifetime.
Thanks to a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation has helped provide job and skill training for 350 youth at 11 local nonprofits. The youth’s time working and learning helps steer them towards a more promising future.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to the Community Foundation supported these summer jobs over the past three years. The focus of the program is on helping low-income youth increase entry level job training and employment.
One of the nonprofits that youth are working at is Kitchen Sage and it’s all about the food. The youth work and learn with the legendary chef Tommy FitzGerald. There is a culinary leadership academy to teach leadership, teamwork and accountability in a food centered atmosphere. They learn smart shopping and meal planning as well as have opportunities to partner with local businesses.
Another summer job location for the youth is New City Urban Farm. This 2 acre community sustained agriculture farm employs youth to help work the farm while learning. The weekly curriculum involves all aspects of farming including customer service, marketing and record keeping.
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is making positive change in Grand Rapids as well as Connecting with Community. How are you Connecting with Community?