Meet the Youth Employment Team
Our Youth Employment Program is our signature program. Each summer, local high school students are offered the opportunity to apply, be interviewed and hired to work at ECEC. Students guide tours, raise butterflies, teach people about local history, learn about horticulture, cultivate and harvest produce, propagate and sell native Oregon plants, conduct research projects, run an espresso shop and cafe, learn marketing skills, develop their leadership and work with mentors. Students develop their skills in communication, enterprise, management, leadership and employment readiness while earning money to support their future goals. Our Youth Employment Program earned the Rural Development Initiative Award of Excellence in 2004.