The Windham Youth CORE Program (“Cultivating Opportunities, Resources, and Education”)
engages high school students in several youth-led enterprises that provide participants with the opportunity to build their community as well as a skill-set for career and life experiences that will last far beyond their journey here. Each and every one of our youth are empowered to become change makers, leaders, and educators.
WHAT IS THE WINDHAM YOUTH CORE?
The Windham Youth CORE is a diverse team of dedicated youth from area high schools who earn money while working to promote access to healthy food in the community. Membership involves a combination of paid workdays, volunteer projects, skill-building workshops, community events, and monthly “hangouts”. We work alongside university students and community members to: build and maintain community gardens, grow food to donate to local agencies and sell at the Willimantic Farmers’ Market, run our own Sofrito business, teach younger children about growing food and eating well, and participate in community outreach and events.
The Windham Youth CORE has both summer and academic year programs. Members:
- Create hands-on projects that have a real impact on the community
- Develop leadership and workforce skills that are the tools for a successful future
- Meet and build relationships with community members and participants
The Academic Year Program runs from October through May. The program meets every other Saturday and occasional afternoons and evenings for outreach and “hangouts” with local community members and college students. Members can earn up to $600 for the year.
The Summer Program runs for six weeks in July-August. Members work 15-20 hours per week and earn $10.10/hour.