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Seattle Youth Garden Works Driving Instructor

The Garden Stewards will work closely with the learning garden coordinator and will be involved in the planning and implementation of work parties, workshops, and other educational garden activities at the McAuliffe Park Learning Garden. Focus will be on implementation of the Seattle Tilth Demonstration Garden Educational Goals through planning, record keeping, volunteer education and management, and community building.

Volunteer Description

Seattle Youth Garden Works empowers homeless and underserved youth ages 16-21 through garden-based education and employment. We are seeking volunteers to help youth program assistant staff learn how to drive.

Many of the youth in our program are in need of a driver’s license in order to succeed in our program, support Tilth Alliance’s growing family of farms and produce distributor, and to meet their personal professional and financial goals. However, they are lacking adult allies with access to vehicles who can help them to learn to drive and to gain the confidence they need to take and pass the driver’s license test.

In the summer of 2014, Tilth Alliance piloted volunteer adult allies working with youth program participants to help fill this role, with success. We helped the first program assistant get his driver’s license in 2015, and are looking forward to sharing this gift with the other youth in the program who face the same barriers.


Details

Time Commitment: 3-6 hrs/week. Schedule is flexible, and to be arranged between adult ally and youth program assistant.

Compensation: This is an unpaid volunteer position.

Work Site: Driving practice will be based out of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, 5513 S. Cloverdale St. Seattle 98118.


Qualifications

  • A valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a vehicle
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, respect all people, and support the goal of building leadership among youth and young adults.
  • Some prior experience working with homeless or at-risk youth preferred but not required
  • Must be extremely reliable. Consistency is very important in building relationships with youth.
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Excellent teaching and communication skills
 


Application Process


Questions? Email Kristen Roewer at kristenroewer@tilthalliance.org for more information.

 
Thank you for your interest!

Last revised: 1/31/2017

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