Interested in spending your summer working in a garden and earning money?

Become a Green Teen!


About Green Teens

Green Teens is a paid, summer work program at Highland Youth Garden for youth in the Hilltop area ages 14-18.


Our Green Teens program runs for 8 weeks, between June 17- August 9. Green Teens work a total of 16 hours a week on:

  • Tuesdays, 8am-12pm

  • Thursdays, 3pm-7pm

  • Fridays, 8am-12pm

  • Saturdays, 7am-11am (Farmer’s Market leaders stay until 1pm)

What Will I be doing?

Green Teens do so much during their 8 weeks at Highland Youth Garden! They:

  • Help maintain the garden by: planting, weeding, fertilizing, harvesting, using hand tools, and more

  • Facilitate and run Highland Youth Garden’s Booth at the Westgate Farmer’s Market twice a month

  • Learn about: gardening, leadership & teamwork, cooking, urban agriculture, nutrition, food justice, money management, and more

  • Help groups of younger children with gardening activities

  • Take tours of urban farms & other facilities around Columbus

  • Cook as a team using fresh produce from our garden

Who Makes a good green teen?

You’d be a great Green Teen if you:

  • Love working in gardens & don’t mind getting dirty, sweaty, hot, or working outside

  • Shine when working with a team

  • Enjoy facing new challenges

  • Are ready & excited to learn about new topics

  • Have interest in serving communities

  • Are a role model & are able to arrive on time and ready to engage in that day’s activities

  • Are able to lift 25 pounds

Why be a green teen?

There are many reasons to join our Green Teen team this summer! If you are selected, you will:

  • Help your community & make friends

  • Be paid $8.55/hour (that’s over $1,000 for the summer if you show up to all programming!)

  • Get fresh vegetables & fruits to take home

  • Learn many new skills, like gardening, cooking

  • Gain job experience and, up completion of the program, receive a letter of reference for future work opportunities


Still not so sure? Reach out with questions about our Green Teens summer program.