The heart of Urban Roots is our paid youth internship program. Each year, 60 youth, ages 14-21, from Saint Paul’s East Side are employed in our three program areas: Market Garden, Conservation and Cook Fresh. During the summer these internships provide youth with 8-24 hours/week of paid job experience and training, during the school year, youth meet twice a week after school and are often involved in events on the weekends. Our progressive program model engages youth in career exploration, entrepreneurial ventures, 21st Century job skills, healthy living, community engagement, self-discovery and more!
In both our Conservation and Market Garden programs we also offer volunteering and service-learning for school, corporate, community groups, and individuals.