SEED Skills Crew(formerly Youth Seed Enterprise - YSE)
SEED Skills Crew is an opportunity for youth ages 12-18 to sharpen their leadership, communication, and work skills through learning to manage an organic garden and delivering healthy and nutritious produce to surrounding communities.
Trellis for Tomorrow’s SEED Skills Crew is an “earn while you learn” program that challenges youth participants and their communities to think, interact, and grow in new ways.
This high-impact summer program offers youth participants ages 12-18 meaningful opportunities to build work-related skills while learning to manage organic gardens, engage in relationships and activities that enhance their social and emotional capacity, develop new understandings, and participate in the creation of youth-led enterprises that increase access to local, nutritious, and affordable food.
“This program improved my social skills and gave me a chance to meet new people while learning how to positively benefit the community!”
– SEED Participant
Youth participants gather in organic gardens established by Trellis within their own neighborhoods and communities, where they learn to grow, harvest, and distribute produce to others.
Engaging Classroom Sessions
Takes place daily and features Trellis’ compelling “systems change” curriculum, which presents participants with a space to explore, discuss, and discover new ways of thinking about themselves, their world, and their power to affect meaningful change.
Trellis staff work to identify, develop, and lead engaging activities for youth participants which sharpen their skills, build their capacities, and create opportunities to practice what they are learning.
Pounds of fresh food grown by our SEED Skills crew
Young people have participated since 2018
Young people joined our Leadership Track
March to April – Springboard is only for returning participants who are interested in joining the SEED Leadership Track. Participation in Springboard is a pre-requisite for all SEED Leaders. Youth set personal goals for themselves while sharpening their understanding of peer leadership and help Trellis staff to plan the summer program.
SEED Skills Crew Summer
June to August – The SEED Skills Crew summer program takes place across four garden sites. Main components of the summer program include:
- Gardening, nutrition, food demos and food justice discussions
- Harvesting and delivering produce to the surrounding community
- Developing workplace readiness skills
- Team building, goal setting, and making new connections with participants and community leaders
Because of the localized focus of our work, priority is given to youth applicants from the communities surrounding the garden sites. SEED Skills Crew currently operates gardens in four locations:
Because Trellis for Tomorrow SEED Skills youth programs are supported in part by federal funds, our participants are guaranteed certain rights by law. All of these rights, along with related grievance/complaint procedures, can be found in these documents.
1. Participant Rights and Grievance Procedures
2. Equal Opportunity Notice
3. Sexual Harassment Policy
4. Participant Civil Rights
Trellis for Tomorrow also has its own version of Equal Opportunity policies and grievance procedures. For a full copy of Trellis’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy, including grievance procedures, please click here. Should you require a translation of this document into another language or an audio version, or have questions or concerns, please reach out to our Executive Director at 610-886-4901. Thank you.