Growing Job Skills in Pontiac

Melinda Clynes is a staff writer for Mode Shift, an online news publication for southeast Michigan. She recently visited us to learn more about the Youth Employment Program in Baldwin’s three outdoor gardens. Below is a glimpse of what she wrote, or go here to read the whole piece.

PONTIAC — Kejanae Hollins, a 16-year-old Pontiac student, looks more comfortable than you’d imagine a teenage girl might with a shovel in one hand and a dandelion caked with dirt in the other.

She’s part of Baldwin Center’s summer youth employment program, where she spends eight hours a week learning gardening skills, gaining knowledge about where food comes from, and building employment and entrepreneurial skills. The other 16 hours a week in the program focus on outdoor recreation activities related to team building and job skills development. Read the rest of the article here…

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