Work Study Program Continues to Grow, Provides Change

Work Study Program Continues to Grow, Provides Change

Improving work maturity skills through excellent service.

changeEvery Saturday, our students get to test their work maturity skills with part-time work, focused on landscaping and agri-scaping lawns and gardens throughout Central Florida. Grow Orlando’s Work Study allows qualified students from the ESE Department at Jones High School to Earn money to help manage the costs of life, Earn vocational credit geared towards graduation, increase healthy habits and promote change throughout their community.

For almost all of our team of workers, or G.O. Team, this program is the only source of income and paid work experience available to them. We have found these programs provide experience in a professional environment and teaches responsibility, while opening their minds to their future options. The results of each work day are a willingness to work hard, not only for the money, but for the enhancement of their self-worth as well. Nothing speaks to our students like a long and arduous job that was not only completed, but done so well as to inspire recommendations, compliments, and rewards for their dignified service.

changeYou can help us grow! Do you have any labor-intensive projects around your lawn that you would need done, but haven’t gotten around to yet? Any heavy sodding, gardening, farming, etc. that needs more work and attention than you can give? Looking for a local company with a strong mission to put behind your gardening and farming needs? Look no further! Contact us and place your requests and needs in today, so we can change the lives of at-risk youth by beautifying your home.

Great Things are Growing at Jones High School

Great Things are Growing at Jones High School

It’s been a blast running the Garden of the Tigers course, a subset of our Life Skills Through Plant Cultivation program, at Jones High School!  Over a year ago, the school had a vacant greenhouse and uncultivated land. Through the collaboration of the ESE Department and Grow Orlando, Inc., the students have turned it into their very own Garden of the Tigers. The Garden of the Tigers consists of a living laboratory inside the Greenhouse, the Tomato Patch, Raised Beds, and Mr. Brook’s Grove.  The progress has shown an enormous influence with our students and we look forward to the unlimited opportunities and life skill sets that will be cultivated from the The Garden of the Tigers!

When we first started this program at Jones High School there was nothing growing in the school’s greenhouse or on the surrounding land. Through the hard work and determination of our students, and with the leadership of our very own Alex Amicucci, the program has planted 15 fruit trees and raised the sunflowers you now see on campus from seedlings. The Garden of the Tigers also raised four raised bed vegetable gardens, one guerilla garden, a high yielding tomato patch, three herb gardens, and built a memorial for the late Mr. Brooks, who facilitated the previous agriculture program at Jones and unfortunately passed away earlier in the year.

Garden of the tigers growthOur students did this all while learning important personal development skills, such as work maturity, farm-ancial literacy, and self-respect to move them in the right direction for graduation. Select students also get the opportunity to participate in our Career Placement Program every Saturday morning, earning work placement credits towards graduation.

Through The Garden of the Tigers program we are able to expose kids to the world of healthy living, gain valuable life skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, and offer basic financial literacy through G-BIS – Giving, Bills, Investments and Savings. We look forward to the continuing our mission to Grow Orlando from the inside, out!

Expanding to RJB Christian School

Expanding to RJB Christian School

Expanding to RJB Christian SchoolsWe are very excited about expanding our program to the RJB Christian School located at the intersection of Powers Rd. and West Colonial Drive.  We will be turning a water retention pond into another living laboratory for the students.

With the help of Daisy Morales, the Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, we look forward to grow a sustainable ecosystem in one of Orlando’s inner cities.  We are very excited to help RJB Christian School achieve their mission of Changing our world one child at a time through agriculture.

Your donations will help programs like these educate our community’s children on maintaining a healthy lifestyle that we strive to achieve at Grow Orlando.

Let’s grow RJB Christian School together!

Garden of Tigers Tomato Patch Complete!

Garden of Tigers Tomato Patch Complete!

tomato_patchYes ladies and gentlemen, the Garden of the Tigers Tomato Patch is complete.  Each student raised their own tomato plant inside the greenhouse then successfully transplanted them into the Tomato Patch.  All the plants survived the transplanting phase and now the nutrient dense tomatoes are on their way!

Avocado tree is in the ground @ Jones High School!

Avocado tree is in the ground @ Jones High School!

The students successfully planted an avocado tree in the Garden of the Tigers.  It was the first tree they planted at the Jones High School living laboratory.  They learned how to dig a proper hole and give the tree enough space to grow. “It seemed harder before anyone showed me,” Deion, a current student at Jones High, said, “after Mr. Frank explained it to me,  was like ‘I got this.’” Together with his classmates, Semaj and Marquis,  Deion planted the first avocado tree at Jones High School.