Thanks to a “seed” grant from the Delta Foundation, our newest program, the Enterprise Internship Program, launched in 2017. This program was created as a “next step” from our Leaf Out Program. Participants must have completed both the Youth Gardening and Leaf Out Programs to qualify for the Enterprise Internship Program.
This program focuses on building upon the job and life skills, stewardship, and service learned in earlier programs, through all aspects of developing and running a business. As part of creating this “business” program the students are subject to a standard application/interview process and, if hired, receive a monthly stipend. They commit to working for the nearly the entire year and are responsible for many aspects of the business, with the ultimate goal being the business becoming completely self-sustaining.
Through the help of community volunteers, these young entrepreneurs learn business plan writing, financial management and planning, product development, surveying, and many other important aspects of creating and running a successful business.
In 2017, our EIP entrepreneurs successfully developed and manufactured a gardener’s Barrier Lotion Stick. It is made with all-natural ingredients and provides deep moisturizing with barrier qualities to keep dirt out and moisture in. It is being sold at LYG (907 S Lincoln Ave) and at cloz to home in downtown Loveland. In 2018, our interns will work in the greenhouse and gardens on the production business.