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Youth Empowerment Program

YEP provides opportunities for teens of all backgrounds to build skills for healthy, successful futures. 

YEP teens gather weekly on 8-10 consecutive Saturdays for farm-based leadership and skill-building workshops. Sessions are conducted bilingually in English and Spanish, and workshops covers topics: health and wellness, leadership, career/college readiness, and team building. Ninety minutes of each session is devoted to farming activity and instruction. Students are paid $200-250 for their farm work and have the opportunity to apply for a paid farm internship upon graduation from the program

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Instructor Gissel demonstrates technique
Instructor Gissel demonstrates technique

Farming Instructor Jerry leads farming session
Farming Instructor Jerry leads farming session

YEP students learn by doing
YEP students learn by doing

Instructor Gissel demonstrates technique
Instructor Gissel demonstrates technique

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The YEP Team: 

YEP was established by Alejandra Mahoney and is staffed by Gissel Neri Corcoles and Adriana Arias. YEP curriculum is designed and taught by Gissel, a Cal Poly Ag Science Senior who was raised on her family's organic farm in Greenfield. She's assisted by Adriana, who manages the program's marketing and publicity elements. Alejandra oversees the program and brings 15 years of experience as the Director of Programs of Peoples’ Self Help Housing. Meet the Team here

Congrats to our 17 graduates of Spring 2021 YEP Session! Students were engaged in bilingual workshops covering: health and wellness, resume building, public speaking, organic agriculture instruction, and more. Students took field trips to the SLO Food Bank, Cal Poly Dairy, and participated in guest presentations from the Rare Fruit Growers and County of SLO Public Health Department. Hats off to this impressive group! 

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