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About GroundED

Click here to apply for GroundED in 2020

GRuB and GRAVITY are partnering to offer a program rooted in delivering GRuB's mission of growing healthy food, people, and communities, with all activities and training based on these areas.  While at GRuB, time is built in for a GRAVITY teacher to support youth in studying to pass their four GED subject tests. If youth earn their GED certificate, there are additional ways to stay engaged in the program.

Participants can earn up to $1,000 in an educational stipend per season, based on meeting expectations for attendance and effort.

WHAT DO YOU DO in GroundED?

*Grow Food - learn how to farm responsibly by running the GRuB Farm

*Grow People - learn how to    improve your communication, tackle your goals, and develop healthy habits

*Grow Community - learn how to collaborate and be a leader

WHERE & WHEN?

The GRuB Farm - 2016 Elliott Ave. NW, Olympia, WA 98502 (on the 41 bus-line; Intercity Transit is now free to ride)

The spring, summer, and fall seasons are 144 hours each, with unique 3-day schedules.

>Spring is 3/25 to 6/19

>Summer is 6/30 to 8/21

>Fall is 9/2 to 11/20

TO QUALIFY FOR GroundED:

* Must be enrolled in GRAVITY before the season starts

* Must be able to commit to the schedule, and attend the entire season

* Must submit an application

Email grounded@goodgrub.org  or call 360-753-5522 if you have any questions, or if you would like to set up a visit to GRuB.

High School Reengagement

For over 20 years, GRuB has been running sustainable agriculture-based alternative education, employment, & drop-out prevention programs that engage local teens in land & community-based projects, working to break cycles of hunger, poverty, inequality, and oppression. 

From 2001-2011, only 39% of youth who entered GRuB’s youth programs were on track to graduate. A recent study found 95% of our low-income alumni have earned their diploma or GED (compared with the general low-income Washington State graduation rate of 70%), 45% completed post-high school degrees, and 76% are employed.

From 2011-2018, GRuB operated a high school program called GRuB School, where students would come to GRuB for a 3 period block-class each afternoon. Every summer, we've continued to run a job-training program for youth as well.

The Four Tenants of the GRuB Youth Program Model

All activities are based on four tenets found in our country’s best youth programs:

  • Responsibility: Does the program create opportunities for youth to take on real-world responsibility?
  • Relevance: Is it relevant to the lives of our youth participants? Is it relevant to our community?
  • Relationships: Are strong, trusting relationships built between youth and with their adult mentors?
  • Rigor: Is the work rigorous? Will it stretch youths’ capacity for commitment and hard work?

The Focus of the GRuB Youth Program Curriculum

Our proven curriculum centers on GRuB’s core themes of Farming Self, Farming Land, & Farming Community. The following curriculum activities work to meet this objective.

Farming Self (Personal Development)

  • Weekly feedback and accountability practices between peers and GRuB staff.
  • Trust-building activities.
  • Workshops on topics like non-violent communication, conflict de-escalation, & healthy relationships.
  • One-on-one check-ins with staff to set goals in regard to academics, post-program, family, and life.
  • Learning to plan and prepare nutritious meals using seasonal products.

Farming Land (Sustainable Land Stewardship)

  • Leading the production and harvest of over 13,000 pounds of produce. 
  • Over half of this food is directed to our crew members, their families, and the Food Bank.
  • Learning essential sustainable agriculture skills, soil health management, and plant propagation.
  • Engaging in needed fieldwork at local farms dedicated to the production of food for the food bank and people without access to enough healthy produce.

Farming Community (Civic Engagement and Community Service)

  • Building free gardens for low-income families through GRuB’s Victory Garden Project. 
  • Hosting and working with volunteers and field trip guests.
  • Developing public speaking skills and representing GRuB at community events.
  • Getting out into the community to learn about other programs, resources, and opportunities including visiting our local Food Bank, other local farms & similar programs.

Impact

Participants in the Fall 2019 GroundED program reported growth in all these areas

Youth Voices

"Before GRuB I had no sense of community. I had never felt welcomed or wanted by a group of people. I've truly felt community here at GRuB because every minute here I feel like I'm part of something important; whether we are in the middle of working towards a common goal, team-building, or just hanging; I always feel welcomed and wanted."  

"Doing team-building really showed me what community meant. We worked on making our relationships stronger, building trust, respecting boundaries and identities, and practicing open-mindedness. To me, that explains what a community is."  

“I stepped up as a leader more often, and I’m most proud of that because without GRuB, I wouldn’t have probably thought of myself as a leader.”

“Sometimes just spending some time working on something in nature is all you need to calm your mind.”   

“At first I was just excited to get out of the house, but over time realized that it wasn’t a class, but a family.  This place has got me through all my tests, and I passed my GED in less than two months.  I got through because of the support, the love, and the fun at GroundED.”  

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