The BoysGrow Program

How our youth become exceptional young men.


The Basics.

  • The youth commit to work for the program for 2 years.
  • They work 3 days a week during the summer and twice a month during the school year.
  • This is not a residential program the youth live at home and only work on the farm.
  • The youth get paid for the time on their farm.
  • We bus the boys in from Downtown to the farm in South KCMO, just 25 minutes from Downtown.
  • The youth apply for the program through an application process
  • We recruit youth from local charter or public schools, community centers or word of mouth.
 

The BoysGrow Program

How our youth become exceptional young men.

The Basics.

  • The youth commit to work for the program for 2 years.
  • They work 3 days a week during the summer and twice a month during the school year.
  • This is not a residential program the youth live at home and only work on the farm.
  • The youth get paid for the time on their farm.
  • We bus the boys in from Downtown to the farm in South KCMO, just 25 minutes from Downtown.
  • The youth apply for the program through an application process
  • We recruit youth from local charter or public schools, community centers or word of mouth.

Skills & Training.

We take this valuable opportunity of having our youth for 2 years and give them as much vocational training and personal skills to allow them to successfully get their next job once they graduate. School teaches them an array of skills but sometimes soft skills can fly under the radar. We talk with the youth about soft skills and the importance of these as more and more employers are putting more emphasis on them when hiring.

 
 

Vocational & soft skills.

We take this valuable opportunity of having these youth for 2 years and trying to give them as much vocation training and skills to allow them to successfully get their next job once they graduate. School teaches them an array of skills but sometimes Soft Skills can fly under the radar. We talk with the youth about Soft Skills and the importance of these as more and more employers are putting more emphasis on them when hiring. Here is a list of skills the youth continually have the opportunity to work on during the their time in the program.

Communication

Professionally expressing yourself, public speaking, listening.

Courtesy

Manners, etiquette, business etiquette, gracious, says please and thank you, respectful.

Flexibility

Adaptability, willing to change. Working on a farm is a new experience

Integrity

Honest, ethical, high morals.

Interpersonal Skills

Nice, personable, sense of humor, friendly, nurturing, patient, sociability, social skills.

Positive attitude

Optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, confident.

Professionalism

Businesslike, well-dressed, appearance.

Responsibility

Punctual, reliable, gets the job done, resourceful, self-disciplined, common sense.

Teamwork

Cooperative, gets along with others, agreeable, supportive, helpful, collaborative.

Work Ethic

Hard working, willing to work, loyal, initiative, self-motivated, on time, good attendance.

COMMUNICATION

Professionally expressing yourself, public speaking, listening.

COURTESY

Manners, etiquette, business etiquette, gracious, says please and thank you, respectful.

FLEXIBILITY

Adaptability, willingness to change. Working on a farm is a new experience for you.

INTEGRITY

You are honest, ethical, and have high morals.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Nice, personable, sense of humor, friendly, nurturing, patient, sociability, social skills.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE

You are optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, confident.

PROFESSIONALISM

Businesslike, well-dressed, professional appearance.

RESPONSIBILITY

Punctual, reliable, gets the job done, resourceful, self-disciplined, common sense.

TEAMWORK

Cooperative, gets along with others, supportive, helpful, collaborative.

WORK ETHIC

Hard working, loyal, initiative, self-motivated, on time, good attendance.

Check out the 6 different teams the boys join on the farm.

While everybody works on the farm, this group primarily focuses on the success of our 10 acre vegetable production farm. They have an interest in agriculture and enjoy getting their Read More
Farm Team

While everybody works on the farm, this group primarily focuses on the success of our 10 acre vegetable production farm. They have an interest in agriculture and enjoy getting their hands in the dirt. They learn organic growing practices and assist with everything from planting the seeds to packaging our finished product. They develop a variety of skills but patience and work-ethic are ones they quickly learn.

These are young men who not only enjoy cooking but might be interested in turning this interests into a career. They use fresh produce from the farm and during the Read More
Culinary Team

These are young men who not only enjoy cooking but might be interested in turning this interests into a career. They use fresh produce from the farm and during the summer months along with their Culinary Instructor prepare meals for the other youth and staff, which is typically over 35 people. This team is learning skills they can directly translate into a career. They have a BG Culinary Handbook to assist them in learning new things and have not only met but worked with a variety of chefs in the community, Howard Hannah, Ted Habinger & Lidia Bastianich for example. These youth have the large task of developing the recipe that will eventually be their Class Product. They develop the necessary teamwork to work in a kitchen, learn how to give and receive direction, the confidence to make decisions in the kitchen and a fast paced work ethic that is necessary in this field.

These guys come in with some skills or interest in Carpentry. They are led by our Construction Crew Leader and are often seen around the farm repairing or building things. Read More
Construction Team

These guys come in with some skills or interest in Carpentry. They are led by our Construction Crew Leader and are often seen around the farm repairing or building things. They have the opportunity to learn very functional skills that may translate into a career. These youth also assist in building harvest tables and coffee tables that we sell.

These youth assist with the social media and minor updates to the website. Their main job is to work with our professional graphic designer and create the label that will Read More
Graphic Design Team

These youth assist with the social media and minor updates to the website. Their main job is to work with our professional graphic designer and create the label that will go on their class product.

This can be a very scary but rewarding team for the youth. We coach them and guide them along on the process but these teenagers are expected to be the Read More
Public Speaking Team

This can be a very scary but rewarding team for the youth. We coach them and guide them along on the process but these teenagers are expected to be the “voice” of the program and handle most public speaking events. We think this is an amazing skill to develop at such a young age and gaining the confidence to speak in public and formulate their thoughts will assist in them in a variety of ways.

While every youth is expected to sell their product, produce and the program in public, we work with this team a little more specifically on developing these skills.
Sales Team

While every youth is expected to sell their product, produce and the program in public, we work with this team a little more specifically on developing these skills.

 

Each class.
A powerful team.

After each of the BoysGrow youth have found their home among their peers, they begin to work together to run the farm, run the nonprofit, and develop a unique culinary product that they will have to present, market, and effectively sell to grocers and restaurants. Together, the BoysGrow class helps each other develop and grow, as well as doing the same for the program itself.

Each class.
A powerful team.

After each of the BoysGrow youth have found their home among their peers, they begin to work together to run the farm, run the nonprofit, and develop a unique culinary product that they will have to present, market, and effectively sell to grocers and restaurants. Together, the BoysGrow class helps each other develop and grow, as well as doing the same for the program itself.

 

Hard work pays off.

Everybody remembers their first job….. At BoysGrow we value the importance of hard work and earning your own money. Our young men work hard and we pay them for the efforts. Every youth earns a paycheck with their name on it. Many times this is their first job and we want them to have that sense of pride by seeing their name on a paystub. The cost for us to employ a youth for the summer program is $1,500. This includes their wages and processing fees.
Sponsor a youth’s one year paycheck

Everybody remembers their first job….. At BoysGrow we value the importance of hard work and earning your own money. Our young men work hard and we pay them for the efforts. Every youth earns a paycheck with their name on it. Many times this is their first job and we want them to have that sense of pride by seeing their name on a paystub. The cost for us to employ a youth for the summer program is $1,500. This includes their wages and processing fees.
Sponsor a youth’s one year paycheck

Join the 2017 BoysGrow Class.

John Gordon Jr., CEO

Mobile  |  773 793 5056
Email    | staff@boysgrow.com

If you are a youth interested in working at BoysGrow here are the basic requirements. We typically hire young men who are in 8th grade {but at times do hire 7th or 9th graders}. They must have the ability to get to downtown KCMO where the BG bus will transport them to the farm.They must have an interest in at least one of these fields – Agriculture, Construction, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Public Speaking, Sales, Animals or Landscaping. The youth can commit to the program for 2 years. And of course they have to want to make their own money and have a job.

If this still seems like a good fit please contact John Gordon Jr. Please note we recruit in March and hire in April every year.

Join the 2017 BoysGrow Class.

John Gordon Jr., CEO

Mobile  |  773 793 5056
Email    | staff@boysgrow.com

If you are a youth interested in working at BoysGrow here are the basic requirements. We typically hire young men who are in 8th grade {but at times do hire 7th or 9th graders}. They must have the ability to get to downtown KCMO where the BG bus will transport them to the farm.They must have an interest in at least one of these fields – Agriculture, Construction, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Public Speaking, Sales, Animals or Landscaping. The youth can commit to the program for 2 years. And of course they have to want to make their own money and have a job.

If this still seems like a good fit please contact John Gordon Jr. Please note we recruit in March and hire in April every year.


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