Growing Leaders

The Growing Leaders program provides part-time employment at the Jolly Avenue Garden for refugee high school students where they are able to walk to the garden after school, earn an income to help pay for school dues and other family expenses, and work in the same space where the elderly of their community spend time gardening. Beyond employment these young people also have the opportunity for professional developmentand academic tutoring. They attend workshops facilitated by experts and professionals around Atlanta that focus on topics such as career and college readiness, financial literacy, leadership skills training, mental health awareness and advocacy, ACT/SAT prep, resume building, and academic tutors are available as needed. Growing Leaders also focuses on the personal well beingof each student by pairing them with mentors that fit their unique needs. Along with the Program Director and Garden Site Manager, the mentor and student work together to identify personal and professional goals and create tangible steps that will lead to goal achievement and success. Maintaining long-term, trust-filled relationship is a priority as we empower young refugees become leaders in their communities who will make real change happen for the broader network of refugees who have found a new home in America.