The BoysGrow Program

How our youth become exceptional young men.

 

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 once/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 their time on the farm
  • We bus the boys infrom Downtown KC to the farm in South KCMO, just 25 minutes away.
  • The youth apply for the program through an application process
  • We recruit the youth from local charter or public schools, community centers or word of mouth

The Basics.

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  • The youth commit to work for the program for 2 years
  • They work 3 days a week during the summer and once/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 their time on the farm
  • We bus the boys infrom Downtown KC to the farm in South KCMO, just 25 minutes away.
  • The youth apply for the program through an application process
  • We recruit the youth from local charter or public schools, community centers or word of mouth

Soft Skills.

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.

Soft Skills.

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.

Communication

Professionally expressing yourself, public speaking, and listening.

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Courtesy

Manners, étiquette, gracious, says please and thank you, respectful.

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Flexibility

Adaptability, willingness to change. The farm is a new experience.

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Integrity

You are honest, ethical, and have high morals, incorruptibility.

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Interpersonal Skills

Nice, personable, sense of humor, friendly, nurturing, patient, sociability

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Positive Attitude

You are optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, and confident.

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Professionalism

Businesslike, good judgement, appropriately dressed.

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Responsibility

Punctual, reliable, resourceful, self-disciplined, common sense

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Teamwork

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

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Work Ethic

Hard working, loyal, initiative, self-motivated, timely, good attendance

Communication

Professionally expressing yourself, public speaking, and listening.

Learn More

Courtesy

Manners, étiquette, gracious, says please and thank you, respectful.

Learn More

Flexibility

Adaptability, willingness to change. The farm is a new experience.

Learn More

Interpersonal Skills

Nice, personable, sense of humor, friendly, nurturing, patient, sociability

Learn More

Integrity

You are honest, ethical, and have high morals, incorruptibility.

Learn More

Positive Attitude

You are optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, and confident.

Learn More

Professionalism

Businesslike, good judgement, appropriately dressed.

Learn More

Responsibility

Punctual, reliable, resourceful, self-disciplined, common sense

Learn More

Teamwork

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

Learn More

Work Ethic

Hard working, loyal, initiative, self-motivated, timely, good attendance

The Teams.

During their two year commitment at the farm, boys choose between one of 4 core teams to commit to. In addition, they also partake in two other teams to supplement their work in their main teams.

Core Teams.

Farming

Culinary Arts

Construction

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.

Supplemental Teams.

Core Teams.

Farming

Culinary Arts

Construction

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.

Supplemental Teams.

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