We offer our most energetic and enthusiastic students paid internships during the spring and summer breaks. Teens address health problems linked to unhealthy eating, gaining college and job readiness skills as they improve quality of life in their community. They work together to create programming and speak with residents of all ages about health and nutrition.
Summer is the height of growing season for our plants and students. This past summer 15 interns cared for 3 community gardens, taught gardening to children aged 3-18, ran a Youthmarket featuring NY state and Bronx grown fruits and vegetables, and ran a nutrition education table. They also conducted food demonstrations and cooked for our weekly group lunches. They built benches for the JDD Community Garden and four cold-frames to help extend our growing season. Working in a community garden gave them the added opportunity of working side-by-side with people from different generations and backgrounds including two workdays with staff from Gotham Bar and Grill and Weleda Inc. Based on the interns feedback at the end of summer we feel were highly successful in harnessing an appreciation for their community, the environment and themselves.