We believe that youth are not only our future, they are our now.
We also believe that education = power and food = health.
At Learn-Earn-Grow Milwaukee, we help our youth lead healthy, powerful lives. Now.
With these beliefs in mind, we designed an urban agriculture experience for Milwaukee high school students to access new pathways into higher education, while giving them a unique experiential way to learn food literacy: namely by growing, harvesting, selling, and eating their own food. They come for the paid summer jobs, and stay for the fun, exercise, and education.
Learn-Earn-Grow Milwaukee gives high school students opportunities to raise produce while making regular visits to three college campuses throughout the summer, giving them access to college resources, professors and staff, as well as a vision of becoming a college student and having a future in their chosen career. They also engage in service learning with urban agriculture mentor/educators throughout the city, giving them a glimpse of how and why others have chosen their profession. Our graduates are trained in resume-writing, job interviewing, workplace etiquette, conflict management, financial literacy, food literacy, and….well, how to grow a carrot.
What the Learn-Earn-Grow Milwaukee graduates say:
“The knowledge that I’ve gained during this program was worth more than the money.”
“Throughout this program, I learned a lot: from having a good physical appearance to building a garden. I would like to do this again.”
“This experience impacted my life because I learned a ton of new things about being a good employee.”
“I have more work experiences and learned how to eat more healthy.”
“This program helped me a lot. Now I can use it to teach others.”
“I now love being outside. When we started to plant the food it felt amazing because we were saving money and I learned how I can do it myself.”