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Youth Leadership Program
at Alan Day Community Garden and MSAD 17's Robert's Farm

New in 2022, Alan Day Community Garden and MSAD 17's Robert's Farm are teaming up to offer a collaborative Youth Leadership Program! Youth leaders will spend two weeks at each location, where they will develop skills in leadership, gardening, cooking, environmental science, and community resilience-building. This program is totally free, and open to all aspiring or current youth leaders age 11 and older. 

Alan Day Community Garden

At ADCG, youth leaders will learn to grow their own food, cook healthy and locally-sourced meals, and step into leadership in our community. Each day will be spent tending to fruit and vegetable crops, preparing community lunches, and practicing leadership through self reflection, group activities, and community engagement.  

MSAD 17's Robert's Farm

At Robert's Farm, youth leaders will deepen their relationship with the natural environment, working and learning in both a garden and forest setting. Days will be spent developing gardening skills, connecting with the natural and human environments of Western Maine, and growing as leaders. 

The Alan Day Community Garden and Robert's Farm Youth Leadership Program is a transformative summer experience where teens work together to build resilience in themselves and in our community. Returning youth can apply for competitive, paid leadership positions growing food for our community. We believe that creating paid jobs and empowering young people to play an active role in our local food systems can make positive change in our community and world. Hired Youth Leaders will have completed a previous summer of the program, agreed to meet specific expectations and attendance requirements, and have been selected from a competitive group of youth applicants. They will take significant leadership roles within the program, mentoring other youth and representing the program during public events. 

Program participants are volunteer youth 11 and older who will work hard, learn all about organic gardening, dive into environmental science, learn to make healthy meals together, and have fun every day! They will learn, practice and model good interpersonal communication and feedback skills. Youth will gain an understanding of global and local food systems and learn about a variety of gardening topics from community leaders and educators. 

Dates: July 11th-August 4th, 2022 | Monday - Thursday, 9am-2pm

A healthy and sustainable food future depends on people who know how to grow food and steward the earth, and who can understand and teach others about food and environmental systems. We invite youth who want to positively impact their communities and help feed others.


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