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* Spaces for the Summer Earn & Learn Program are limited. Applications for this program will open April 19, 2024 at 5:00PM - May 13, 2024 at 5PM. Applications turned in after 8pm on May 22, 2024 will not be accepted

Applicant Guidelines

Please review the following prior to submitting an application:

  1. New Students enrolling for the first time in the Summer Earn & Learn Program must be between the ages of 13-16 years old. Returning students that are between 16-18 years old may register as Mentors.

  2. All applicants must be registered with the UF Extension Little Growers Inc 4-H Club through 4H ONLINE, Prior to applying for Summer Earn & Learn Program

  3. All applicant parents must complete an individual summer earn & learn application for each child in their home that is eligible and interested to in participation

  4. Participants who are selected to participate and their parent or legal guardian must attend the Mandatory Orientation to be held May 24, 2024-6:00 PM -7:00 PM - - LOCATION TBA (Failure to attend Orientation could result in dismissal from the program)

  5. Participants who are selected to participate must attend ALL Mandatory activities marked by an asterisk* in the schedule listed below. ( activities and scheduled start and end times are subject to change, but scheduled dates will remain the same.) ( Failure to attend ALL mandatory activities could result in partial or total loss of summer earn and learn awarded stipend)

  6. Participants who are selected to participate must treat each other, parents, volunteers and staff with respect and honor ALL established group norms. Disrespect and/or Bullying WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. (failure to follow this guideline could result in immediate dismissal from program and total loss of summer earn and learn awarded stipend)

  7. Spaces are limited. Priority entry into the of summer earn and learn program will be given as follows;​

    1. ​​​Students who are already enrolled through  the UF Extension Little Growers Inc 4-H Club through 4H ONLINE, Prior to applying for Summer Earn & Learn Program ( there is a $25 registration fee that must be paid online. If you or your child are receiving snap benefits, SSI, or SSDI and are in need of a fee waiver please complete the online application and opt to mail in payment then Email: littlegrowersinc@gmail.com -Subject Line: "4H APPLICATION FEE WAIVER REQUESTED"- Email Body: Student or Students name, age, address, and best contact # for parent)

    2. Mentors who have participated in the program the year prior and are between the ages of 16-18

    3. Youth living within a 1-3 mile radius of Little Growers Inc. future garden locations at; 823 Brothers Ave Melbourne Fl, 32901 

Schedule

 

Activities and scheduled start and end times are subject to change, but scheduled dates will remain the same.

May 24, 2024 - July 12, 2024

 

This year, LGI's Summer Earn and Learn Program is themed "EstuaryEcho." This dynamic six-week Summer Earn and Learn Program hosted by Little Growers is an immersive initiative designed to empower teens aged 13-18 as stewards of the environment, focusing on the preservation and sustainability of the Indian River Lagoon. The program emphasizes hands-on experiences, scientific exploration, life skills development and community engagement.

 

"EstuaryEcho" embodies the concept of the summer earn and learn program as a resonating experience focused on teens learning and echoing their commitment to the protection and sustainability of the Indian River Lagoon. It signifies a ripple effect of environmental awareness and action among the participants.

 

The schedule is subject to change.

 

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May 24, 2024*

- 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Mandatory Orientation - Evans Center 1361 Florida Ave. NE Palm Bay FL 32905

 

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Week 1: Civic Engagement, Introduction to Permaculture Design, & STEAM Careers

June 1, 2024*

- 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Car Wash Fundraiser*

 

June 5, 2024*

-9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Senior & Friends Bingo - Evans Center 1361 Florida Ave. NE Palm Bay FL 32905*

-1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Introduction to Permaculture Design Part 1: Featuring Monica from Beyond Organic Design Inc.- Meet at TBA*

- 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Civic Leadership : Part 1 - Motion Potion!- Meet at TBA*

June 6, 2024*

-9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: STEAM Careers Matter- Meet at TBA*

-12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch 

- 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Introduction to Permaculture Design Part 2: Featuring Monica from Beyond Organic Design Inc. - Meet at TBA*

 

June 7, 2024*


-9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Citizen Leadership : Vinnie Taranto from the Save Our Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee - Meet at TBA*

-12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch 

- 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM: STEAM Careers Matter- Meet at TBA*

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Week 2: Farm Week 

 

June 12, 2024*

- 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Senior & Friends Bingo - Evans Center 1361 Florida Ave. NE Palm Bay FL 32905**

 

- 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Introduction to Permaculture Design Part 3: Featuring Monica from Beyond Organic Design Inc. - Meet at TBA*

June 13, 2024*

- 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Farm Field Trip - Meet at TBA*

June 14, 2024*

- 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Farm Field Trip- Meet at TBA*

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Week 3: Black in Marine Science (BIMS) Immersion Program & National Park- June 19, 2024 - June 22, 2024

 

During Week 3 of the LGI Summer Earn & Learn program, students will embark on an exciting journey to explore the rich marine ecosystems and cultural heritage of South Florida. Partnering with Black In Marine Science (BIMS), students will engage with marine scientists, deepening their understanding of marine life and conservation efforts. The highlight of the week is the grand Juneteenth festival hosted by BIMS, where students will actively participate, celebrating cultural diversity and historical significance. Additionally, students will have immersive experiences in two iconic national parks: Biscayne and Everglades. They will embark on a half-day snorkel adventure, exploring vibrant reefs and mangrove ecosystems, while also enjoying a Heritage of Biscayne Cruise, delving into the park's rich history and natural beauty. In the Everglades National Park, students will engage in guided tours and wet walks, led by experienced naturalists, gaining insights into the intricate ecology and cultural heritage of this unique wilderness. Through these hands-on experiences, students will not only deepen their knowledge but also foster a deeper appreciation for marine and terrestrial environments, equipping them to become stewards of conservation in their communities.

 

June 19, 2023*

- 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM: Field Trip to Miami & Hotel Check In - Meet at TBA*

- 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: BIMS Juneteenth Festival

 

June 20, 2023*

- 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Field Trip to Biscayne National Park

June 21, 2023*

- 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Field Trip to Everglades National Park

June 22, 2023*

- 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM: Return Home- Parent Pick up Location TBA*

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Week 4: Rain Barrel & Florida Tech Water Quality Testing

 

June 26, 2024**

- 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Senior & Friends Bingo - Evans Center 1361 Florida Ave. NE Palm Bay FL 32905**

- 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Introduction to Permaculture Design Part 3: Featuring Monica from Beyond Organic Design Inc. - Meet at TBA*

June 27, 2024*

- 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Field Trip to Marine Resources Council - Meet at the Lagoon House*

June 28, 2024*

- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Florida Tech Water Quality Testing & Rain Barrel Construction- Meet at TBA*

 

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Week 5: Stella Mariss 

 

July 3, 2024*

- 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Field Trip with Stella Mariss: Pelican Island and Biology lab- Meet at TBA*

 

July 4, 2024*

-No Programming: Happy 4th of July

 

July 5, 2024*

- 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Field Trip with Stella Mariss: Paddleboarding and Sane Netting at the south side of Sebastian Inlet - Meet at TBA*

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Week 6: STEAM Forest Development & Living On My Own (LOMO)

 

July 10, 2023*

- 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM: STEAM Forest Build*- Meet at TBA*

July 11, 2023*

- 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM: STEAM Forest Build*- Meet at TBA*
 

Living On My Own (LOMO)

Living On My Own (LOMO) is a hands-on, real-life simulation. In this activity, youth experience their futures in a fun and exciting way. Participants learn how to make healthy and wise lifestyle choices similar to those adults face on a daily basis.

 

July 12, 2023:

- 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: LIVING ON YOUR OWN WORKSHOP - Meet at TBA*

Every Wednesday through July 12th:

- SENIOR & FRIENDS BINGO - 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - EVANS CENTER 1361 FLORIDA AVE NE PALM BAY 32905

 

*ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER EARNINGS. SUMMER EARN & LEARN SPOTS ARE LIMITED, TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY

 

**STUDENTS MAY MAKE UP FOR ANY MISSED MANDATORY EVENT/WORK DAYS BY ATTENDING THE SENIOR AND FRIENDS BINGO

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