Summer Youth Internship Programs
In partnership with the Buffalo Urban League/Erie County Summer Youth Employment Program (ages 14-20) and Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship Program (ages 14-21), PFC teens have the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills on various projects, while also serving their communities. Students are supported in their application for participation. Teens participate in farm to table responsibilities in the food system and tutoring responsibilities to promote the learning of younger siblings over the summer recess.
Concentric Circles of Learning
Concentric Circles of Learning (CCL) is a new STEM education initiative for elementary and middle school-age students. The initiative is led by Providence Farm Collective (PFC) in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) at Buffalo State College, Firsthand Learning Inc (FHL) and Learning Triangle Labs LLC (LTL). The program aims to partner younger siblings (Learning Buddy) and older siblings (Learning Partner) and, with the support of CEURE college tutors, to provide hands-on learning experiences.
Summer STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and the Humanities and Mathematics)
At PFC, summertime is the perfect time for exploration! Using Firsthand Learning’s Inquiry Summer STREAM Kit and Journals, students of all ages explored their home environments, made observations, drew pictures, collected data and wrote weekly journal entries. A list of suggested explorations was provided in the journal, but activities were not limited to the list.
Generator Z Initiative – Ralph Wilson Jr. Foundation
On November 15, 2020, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation invited teens in Buffalo and Detroit, ages 13 to 18, to become “generators” and help rethink after school programming by focusing on the “unique space between school and life, where you make friends, learn things, explore.” 1,000 teens will be paid $1,000.00 each to share their ideas, opinions and expertise on after school programming, which will be shared with after school program providers. An additional $3 million will be paid in grants to organizations to implement what are deemed to be the best ideas. Twenty teens from Providence Farm Collective’s communities applied and eleven have been chosen to rethink after school programs!