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.

For any questions, please contact the Director of Youth Programs, Jeni, at jeni@olivewoodgardens.org.

Internship Opportunities:

Youth Community Leadership Program

This program is for any teen grades 9-11 that wants to gain skills and knowledge surrounding community engagement, food systems & food justice, learning about food access and co-ops with this program culminating in a shared group project with a second cohort. Students will:

  • Learn about different aspects of their local food system
  • Learn about civic and community engagement
  • Create and engage in a community listening forum
  • Design and create a project at Olivewood based on community input

Students will receive community service hours for participating in this highly desirable leadership program. This program will be held on Mondays from 4PM – 6PM from January 23rd through February 27th (with site build days the weekend of September 16-17).

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Building Sustainable Communities Youth Leadership Program – Community Build 2021