YOUTH & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Cultivate is on a mission to inspire and engage young people who are not currently in education, employment or training. We do it outdoors, with our hands in the dirt, working side by side, where young people are more likely to open up about their biggest challenges and we have the opportunity to connect with them. It is not necessary to be interested in horticulture. Cultivate is an outside working environment so this is important to understand - we work in all weather conditions.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Our purpose is to foster and empower young people, creating a sense of belonging and security through offering internships on our farms. We employ and train young people with a holistic strengths-based approach to well-being.
"These veggies change lives"
We offer a variety of different programmes for youth and community engagement.
CULTIVATE YOUTH - BECOME AN INTERN
If you're aged 16-25 - or know someone who is - and would like to do a paid internship programme, volunteer internship or complete community service hours, get in touch.
We have a flexible person-centred and strength-based approach to working with young people, that focuses on well-being and personal development; horticulture education; environmental sustainability and support for 'soft' and 'hard' employability skills in a real-world work environment. We support job seeking, C.V. and cover letter writing and transition from Cultivate to the employment or education area of interest. Finally, we also continue to support young people and the transition option after completion of the Cultivate programme and ensure positive placements. Click on the link for more information or apply today!
If you want to join our amazing community, learn about organic horticulture, support young people and have access to organic produce then please volunteer. Contact us for information on our scheduled days and times to work with us a valued volunteer! We have an induction process to make sure we are supporting you with the goals/ outcomes you want to achieve.
CULTIVATE EXPERIENCE - FOR GROUPS
Our Cultivate Experience is designed to allow groups to come in, be part of Cultivate and learn about the farm. We provide group-centred and strength-based session(s) focused on sharing our Kaupapa (philosophy, programme), knowledge of growing high-quality produce and encouraging positive engagement in the community and the working world. Our staff are highly trained in organic horticulture and youth development sectors (mental health, youth justice and physical wellbeing). You may want to come for a one-off visit or more than once. We believe in collaboration and we provide a space for working together, that enables a wider community support network for yourself and the rangatahi (young people) you work with. As a social enterprise, we are quite flexible, so please discuss your needs and interests with us.
"Before coming to Cultivate I was pretty depressed, lost and lacked confidence.
I had no thoughts or ambition on doing anything with my life. Then I started an internship with Cultivate, I feel like my life has changed.
This is because not only did working at Cultivate make me feel like I had a reason to get up I had purpose. The environment from all the people that I worked with were really supportive and non judgmental. I now have gained employment after my 3 month internship with Cultivate and feel a lot happier about my self and overall well being.
I feel like I am able to contribute to my life in a positive way and make healthier choices."
Claudia K, Intern