-Find an unused plot in a low-income urban environment and transform it by planting a healthy diverse garden, where the food grown can be sold for almost nearly free to community members.
-Provide youth the opportunity to grow and harvest their own plot and/or have a designated area for creating a mural on the surrounding walls that will promote social justice, peace, and/or cultural understanding.
-Providing an encouraging, positive, and creating environment for youth and staff.
-Providing teachers and staff with materials/resources necessary to successfully educate their students on their specific skill.
-Deter youth from falling into the prison cycle, which deteriorates personal development and pushes young people into a life of crime and an overall negative lifestyle.
-Hold monthly fund raising events to ensure the survival and success of the program.
-Have a minimum of 20 dedicated core students participate in the program.
-Create monthly themes for the students to work with to intertwine a political analysis with the artistic aspect of the project as a means to provide political education on current social issues and conditions in our communities.
-Provide skills necessary to ensure completion of student projects.
-Outreach in classrooms and in the community.
-Provide presentations to students in classrooms to provide a detailed description of the project to persuade them in participating in the program.
-Create an evaluation process to meet the needs of students and staff, and make certain that the program is exceeding their expectations.
-Create short term, mid-term and long term goals. Have biweekly evaluations to ensure the steps needed to reach these goals are being taken, and to provide assistance for those in need of it.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Oversee program; work on fund raising; keep program running productively
-Facilitate program staff and facilitators meetings
-Develop strategy for program evaluation
-Coordinate with staff to develop procedures and policies, follow and make sure procedures and policies are followed
-Develop outreach methods, responsible for ensuring that minimum expectation of student participation is meant.
-Strengthen relationships with possible allies
-Develop roles for staff and facilitators
-Seek fund raising opportunities, as well develop alternative funding strategies
-Create database of teachers and schools where there is an opportunity to outreach to students through classroom presentations
-Open communication with coordinators and workshop facilitators
-Coordinate with facilitators, teachers, and students on developing possible incentives for student involvement in the project
Youth Development Coordinator:
Track progress of students involved; Assist in their personal development; Act as an advisor who the youth can turn to for assistance
-Ensure student satisfaction and enjoyment in the project
-Work with youth to develop strategies to ensure excitement and participation
-Coordinate with Program Coordinator the evaluation process
-Assist youth in the development and completion of their personal projects.
-Develop with the youth a personal time line for each student to track their progress and get them closer to completing the project.
-Develop community building activities to strengthen relationships amongst the youth, get feedback from facilitators on this process
-Work with Program Coordinator that student participation meets expectations
Open communication with Program Coordinator; open communication with youth involved; develop skills workshops;
-Develop workshops on their specific skill
-Present workshops and work plan to program team
-Develop and strengthen relationships with students involved
-Work with Youth Development Coordinator to track student success
-Participate in program team meetings
-Participate in developing ideas and process for monthly fund raising events
-Outreach to other possible instructors
-Connect with other workshop facilitators for program coordination