Cultivate Hope Youth Development Program

Applications are now open for the 2020 Cultivate Hope Youth Development Program. Roots Crew applications are due March 6, and Seed Crew applications are due April 30. Please apply for only one program.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Click here to download the application.

Download the reference form for a non-related adult here.

NEW FOR 2020: This year, the Youth Development Program will be two parts.

The leadership-focused Roots Crew will be a seven-month program where students will gain strong leadership abilities and valuable skills while working on our Urban Farm during all operational seasons and indoors on a hydroponic grow system. The Roots Crew will be leading the Seed Crew during the summer months.

The Seed Crew will be working for eight weeks during summer break. They will be working alongside the Roots Crew on the urban farm, producing organic food, volunteering in the community, and learning about themselves and the world around them.

More Than a Summer Job

When you join Cultivate Hope Youth Development Program, you’ll be earning money, but you’ll gain more than that. This isn’t a typical high school summer job. You can expect to:

  • Improve your communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills
  • Work with staff who help you set and reach personal goals
  • Learn about the food system and food-related social justice issues
  • Gain new perspectives on community service, food justice, diversity, and more
  • Make new friends

Work on an Urban Farm

Connect with the land and grow organic produce while working on the Cultivate Hope Urban Farm (437 G Ave NW). Enjoy spending time outdoors while being active in the garden.

Serve Your Community

Spend one day each week at a hunger-relief organization. You’ll prepare or distribute food, depending on the organization’s needs.

2020 Program Dates

Root Crew

March 31-October 29, 2020
Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-6:30 pm
PLUS one Saturday per month

Seed Crew

June 29 to August 13, 2020
Monday through Thursday
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Casual Dress Code

As a member of the Cultivate Hope Youth Development program, you’ll wear:

  • Cultivate Hope T-shirt (provided by us)
  • Closed-toe shoes


Click here to download the 2020 Cultivate Hope Youth Development Program Application.

A requirement for application is to have a non-related adult fill out a reference letter. Click here to download the reference form.

Root Crew applications are due March 6, Seed Crew applications are due April 30. Send completed applications to:

Matthew 25, Attn Laura Greig
201 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Contact Us

If you have questions, email Laura Greig or call 319-362-2214, Ext. 115.