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. 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

Hiring is now closed for summer 2019! Stay connected for future opportunities!

In the fall of 2019, Grow Dat will hire 70 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: 

Warren Easton

New Orleans Science and Math High School 

Lusher Charter School

Joseph S. Clark High School 

G. W. Carver Collegiate Academies

Benjamin Franklin High School

The NET Central City High School

The NET Gentilly High School 

Louisiana Center For Children's Rights 

Important Dates

September/October 2019 — Recruitment pitches at our partner schools 

November 2019 — Applications due 

December 2019 — 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, submit a letter of recommendation, and attend an in-person interview. We have filled all Crew Member positions for Spring 2019! See above information about applying for summer jobs.

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: Mr. Swanson
Carver Collegiate Academy: Ms. Krandel and Ms. Rhodes
Joseph S Clark High School: Mrs. Leaf
Lusher High School: Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Collins
The Net Charter High School: Mr. Sattler and Ms. Harris
New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School: Mrs. Naum
Warren Easton High School: Ms. Banks
Youth Empowerment Project: Ms. Jessica