Olivewood Gardens High School Programs

Olivewood has opportunities for high school students to get involved in the gardens! There are two internships, a Sustainable Urban Agriculture Internship in the fall, and a Garden to Kitchen Internship in the spring.  Both programs include a job readiness component and are designed to benefit students from National City, CA. Programs and lessons are designed to give youth tools to support their growth professionally and personally. Lessons include garden preparation, propagation, maintenance, pest management, nutrition education, culinary literacy, financial literacy, and other career development topics.

The program engages Sweetwater High School Students and other South Bay Students that otherwise have little access to career development opportunities. By engaging students in meaningful work, the students and their families will benefit.  Students will gain work-readiness skills and the values necessary to succeed in the workplace and college settings. In addition to the program-specific skills students learn, this program provides students with leadership and team-building opportunities along with practical job skills that will prepare them for college, work experience, or both.  The interns themselves form bonds of support through the shared work experiences that strengthen and encourage their confidence to succeed.

High schoolers are also able to complete their required community service hours at Olivewood through our Volunteer Program which provides students a safe space to work outdoors in a collaborative and educational environment.  Students can volunteer in the garden, kitchen, with special events or projects, or in the office at a time that works best for their schedule.

Building Sustainable Communities Youth Leadership Program – Community Build 2021