YouthGrow is a garden-based education and job readiness program for 40 students annually, ages 15-21, enrolled in Seattle Public School’s Interagency Academy, and experiencing homelessness or housing instability. YouthGrow reengages young people at risk of dropping out in education and employment, increases food access and production, and cultivates a clean and sustainable environment. Students build job readiness skills while earning high school credit and a stipend.
Jessica has managed the Member Jurisdiction and WRIA Grant Programs at KCD since March 2007. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish and graduate level education in the fields of Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Facilitation and Negotiation. She is an experienced program manager responsible for tracking millions of dollars in grant funding with a successful track record of liaising with local governments, nonprofits, and watershed groups on natural resource conservation issues.