Sustainable Agriculture Technology Summer Camp

2016 Annual Report for YENC16-097

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2016: $2,000.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2018
Grant Recipient: Triton College
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Thomas Elsey
Triton College
Project Co-Managers:
Tricia Wagner
Triton College

Sustainable Agriculture Technology Summer Camp



The project was placed on hold due to unforeseen circumstances with staffing changes. The project delay allowed Triton to better market the program to local high schools as well as provided the opportunity to pursue additional funding to assist with the project. Additionally, it allowed the college to complete a new greenhouse for the Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture programs that will be utilized for the grant project. Triton is currently in the process of hiring a new project director and it is anticipated the individual will start in February 2017.


Previous experience with summer youth workshops has taught us a great deal about what works and what does not work in developing a meaningful experiences for the students. We know that in order to recruit a larger pool of students, we have to market the experience early enough so students and their parents can plan their summers accordingly. Furthermore, we learned that it is critical to plan a summer experience that will engage students in hands-on practical, learning activities that will be the foundation for future dreams and aspirations.        


In 2017, a new project director will be hired for the summer program. Intensive program planning will also occur including marketing and recruiting efforts. The camp start date is to be determined.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, only internal planning meetings have been held thus far.