Youth Leadership & Workforce Development

What is Youth Leadership & Workforce Development?

Through our youth leadership and workforce development programs, we work to guide and inspire students to understand sustainability principles and gain practical skills through hands-on projects that can help shape their decisions about further study, careers and as future leaders.

These programs foster skills that can provide steady employment, improve local communities and restore the environment. We are moving forward with establishing a comprehensive program for high school students aligned with leadership skills, hands-on training and certification, and have started an adult education program for those looking to build professional sustainable landscaping skills.

The goal is to guide and inspire students to live happy and healthy lives within the environmental capacity of one planet, to develop an understanding of sustainability principles and equip them with practical skills to make a difference while preparing them for the next green economy.


Youth Internship Participants


Professional & Adult Ed participants

Youth Engagement

High school students can participate in a number of internship opportunities through our programs.

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Youth Cooking Program

Teens learn basic kitchen skills and recipes and the value of supporting their local food system.

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2022 PDC

(September 2022-February 2023)

Develop a broad understanding of permaculture and design in a program combining class work with hands-on learning.

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DIY Sustainable Design

A four-part garden design series to create a sustainable, resilient landscape.

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Additional Resources

News and Updates

Sustainable Gardening Intern Reflections

Sustainable Gardening Intern Reflections

The Sustainable Gardening internship was an opportunity for high school students to learn basic permaculture principles with a focus on waterwise gardening, and engage with community members while supporting community gardens. These three interns shared their reflections on the program with us, and we are excited to share them with you here with their permission.

In Gratitude: Recognizing Board President Marilyn Bardet’s Selfless Service to SuSol

In Gratitude: Recognizing Board President Marilyn Bardet’s Selfless Service to SuSol

In January, Marilyn Bardet will step down from the board president role she has held for the past 18 years. Sustainable Solano would not have grown into the organization it is today without her leadership, guidance, wisdom and trust. We are grateful for all she has brought to the organization.