Become a Grow Dat Youth

Are you a teenager in New Orleans looking for a job that invests in you and gives back to our city?

Our flagship leadership program works with high schools and youth organizations throughout New Orleans to recruit a diverse group of youth who develop leadership and life skills during their intensive, hands-on work experience. The farm aims to create a healthy and supportive work environment for high school-aged youth from New Orleans who face limited job opportunities. With a focus on developing a sense of responsibility, community, environmental stewardship, and service among participants, the farm enhances leadership and teamwork abilities through the collaborative work of growing food. An ideal Grow Dat youth would be open to trying new things, see the intrinsic value in our mission, and possibly looking for a way to reinvent themselves.

At Grow Dat, our youth's success is defined by consistent participation in the program, increased ability to communicate effectively, increased exhibition of leadership skills, and an ability to contribute to the achievement of production goals on the farm. To ensure students success, Grow Dat equips youth with knowledge in each of our four curriculum pillars: leadership, agricultural skills, wellness, and food justice and food systems. Aside from offering youth a learning experience that is priceless, youth also receive a competitive stipend and a bonus based on individual growth of successful work habits.

Upcoming opportunities

In the fall of 2016, Grow Dat will hire 50 young adults (ages 15-21) in New Orleans to fill the following positions on our farm:

  • Crew Members (entry-level)
  • Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders (open to program graduates only)

Youth employees will be recruited from our 9 partner schools and organizations: 
Benjamin Franklin High School, Carver Collegiate Academy, De La Salle High School, Joseph S Clark High School, Lusher High School, The Net Charter High School, New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School, Warren Easton High School, Youth Empowerment Project 

Important Dates

  • September/October 2016 — Recruitment pitches at our partner schools 
  • November 1, 2016 — Applications due 
  • December 2016 — Interview day

Am I eligible to apply?

Young people in New Orleans are encouraged to apply if you:

  • Are 15 or older
  • Attend one of our partner schools or organizations
  • Want to work on a farm with other young adults who are different from you and make a significant positive impact on your community

How do I apply?

To apply, you must fill out an application (deadline November 1st), submit a letter of recommendation, and attend an in-person interview. Click the following link to download the Crew Member Application:

Spring-Summer 2017 Crew Member Application

To request a hard copy of an application or ask questions, please visit your school’s Grow Dat liaison (listed below) or contact Program Manager Glenn Caston.

Benjamin Franklin High School: Mrs. Flair
Carver Collegiate Academy: Ms. Krandel
De La Salle High School: Mrs. Meehan
Joseph S Clark High School: Mr. E. Lewis
Lusher High School: Mr. Pape or Mr. Collins
The Net Charter High School: Mr. Byron
New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School: Mrs. Naum
Warren Easton High School: Mrs. Toomey
Youth Empowerment Project: Ms. Jessica 

Youth engagement