El Campito Child Development Center is partnering with the Migrant Regional Services Center to host a summer school for teens. El Campito's garden, named for Concepion Niño, who founded the childcare center 50 years ago to serve the children of migrant farmworkers, will become host site for MRSC's existing summer school program. It will teach regenerative agriculture and community development to the high school students and introduce them to sustainable agriculture careers. We seek funding to provide the teens with stipends to serve as youth counselors in their program.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Teach regenerative principles in land use, food production, and community development.
- Introduce youth to farms that are lean, healthy, ecologically diverse, and financially sustainable.
- Empower youth to build leadership skills, learn by doing, and share their cultures and experience by acting as counselors for their summer school peers as well as for the El Campito children.
- Enliven the garden for El Campito’s children and increase their engagement with it.
- Incentivize completion of the MRSC after-school programming and participation in summer school by offering stipends for students who complete the training.