Harvesting the Future
Purpose/Objective: Work with a group elementary students while going through a garden-based education program. Help guide them through group activities, encourage dialogue using provided discussion questions, act as a mentor and positive adult role model.
Location: select City of Orlando community centers
- Help students plant and maintain their container gardens, using the 4-H curriculum
- Offer positive reinforcement and regular encouragement to participating students
- Share the importance of a healthy nutritional lifestyle
- Encourage students towards careers in environmental science and agriculture
- Reliable transportation
- Interest in working with elementary students
- Ability to communicate clearly
- Willingness to learn new teaching skills and methods
- 18 years of age or older
- Pass criminal background check
- Agriculture and gardening knowledge a plus
- Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time and lift a minimum of 25 lbs
- Comfortable with working with plants and soil
- Comfortable getting dirty
- Weekly sessions of two hours for a minimum of one 10-week semester
Training/Support Provided: Volunteers will be provided with a comprehensive volunteer orientation and subsequent volunteer training by Orange County 4-H.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Gain valuable experience working with Orlando youth.
- Grow your own container garden.
- Learn from local experts in agriculture, science, and nutrition
- Impact student’s community and empower them with the ability to make healthy choices.
- Inspire students to pursue various careers in science and agriculture