Like a bee carrying pollen, GRuB is bringing innovative tools to educators, schools, and community organizations that are excited to engage in community-based learning. We call this part of our work Pollination.
In addition to our direct mission delivery, GRuB has a successful history of sharing our model and best practices with organizations and institutions throughout the U.S. and beyond through manuals, program institutes, and mentor partnerships. To learn about similar youth programs in our region, visit the pollinated partner page.
GRuB Pollination Workshops
We know that teachers & leaders have busy lives, and we are now offering a series of one-day pollination workshops on subjects ranging from youth engagement to facilitation. Check out our events page to see what workshops are coming up soon.
2022 GRuB Summer Institute: Community Building with Teens & Adults - August 24th & 25th, 2022
This 2-day experience is relationship-rich and hands-on. We will model facilitation, communication, and community-building games, tools and strategies. An electronic copy of the GRuB manual as well as many other resources will be included. Delicious snacks and lunch provided. Most importantly, you will walk away with a tangible sense of the culture and environment that makes GRuB’s youth development model successful. Clock Hours Available for teachers. To register online, go to our events page.
Note: For Oregon based groups, financial support to attend is available through OFSSGN. Contact Melina Barker for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is the GRuB Institute for?
Educators that want to bring more personal and community development to their work. People seeking to deepen the impact on youth in farm & outdoor-based education. People wanting to learn a successful model of youth engagement to use in their school or organization. People exploring strategies for future school district partnerships.
What people are saying:
“So thankful for what I have learned while attending the GRuB Institute. My approach to working with youth has totally been transformed. I’m looking forward to integrating many of the tools learned here into my future work.” – 2017 Institute Attendee
“At the Institute I learned and witnessed such compassion – from the staff, from the youth, from everyone involved. I feel refreshed and replenished, ready to go back to my community full of new learning and excited to continue working toward a better world.” – 2017 Institute Attendee
“This workshop was incomprehensibly nourishing, affirming, encouraging, and instructive.” – 2016 Institute Attendee
The GRuB Manual
The GRuB Manual is a detailed guide to GRuB’s youth employment and education programming. This 200+ page curriculum manual provides a description of the program and curricular structure, the planning and administration required to run it, as well as detailed calendars, workshops, lessons, and forms.
To learn more about that and to purchase your copy go to the product page.
We can help
Are you interested in getting technical assistance in starting up GRuB-like programming? Or improving existing programming? GRuB’s co-founder and former Executive Director is contracting with us to support schools, educators, and organizations in creating place-based, leadership development experiences for youth. Kim Gaffi (she/her) has worked in youth development, community development, and environmental/agricultural education for 25+ years. She is also a current member of the Tend, Gather and Grow curriculum development team. Start a conversation with Kim at email@example.com.
- Community-building, team-building philosophy and practice
- Positive communication and accountability strategies
- Group facilitation
- School partnerships
- Program design (general education, CTE, SEL)
- Funding strategies
- Curriculum development
Reflections on GRuB’s TA services:
"Almost immediately it became clear to me that while small scale agriculture is the vehicle for changing and empowering the lives of youth in GRuB, the deeper teachings of socio-emotional competency and understanding the self and our relationship to our communities is really the hidden gem within GRuB." –Sean
"Technical Assistance from GRuB has been invaluable for Cultivating Roots. The practical garden resources and youth development training played a large part in the success of our summer youth program. Since we are county health educators and not experienced or trained farmers, having trustworthy mentors available has enabled us to trouble shoot roadblocks in real time. GRuB staff lives and breathes youth and community engagement through gardening and their passion is infectious." -Kristina
To find out more about our services, or with other questions, please call GRuB at 360-753-5522 or e-mail Pollination@goodgrub.org.