TEENworks- Teen Education & Employment Network

TEENworks built and distributed over 100 herb boxes
to the community
TEENworks participants are learning important skills while helping serve the community. High school students are actively training in three career pathways at the Goodman Community Center. Academic and arts enrichment opportunities are also offered. Please see below for details on these programs.

If interested in teaching from our lesson plans, please download our Seed to Table Curriculum. It's over 400 pages!

Seed to Table Innovation Campus

 "Seed to Table" Innovation Campus is in its second year partnership with MMSD at the Goodman Community Center. Interested MMSD students can attend school for credit at Goodman, working in the kitchen, gardens and woodshop learning skills in the food service and agricultural industries..

The Innovation Campus is based in the highly successful Seed-to-Table Curriculum . Seed to Table uses inquiry based methods to teach science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts. The campus is staffed by a certified MMSD teacher who provides classroom based instruction in mathematics and language arts that supports the hands-on learning of science and social studies, taught through field based community service. The curriculum has shown remarkable success in engaging students in learning.

Seed-to-Table prepares youth for post-secondary education or careers in the represented areas. Students who are most likely to be successful in this program:
1) are over 15 years of age
2) have reading proficiency at least 9th grade and pre-algebra skills
3) have an interest in Urban Agriculture, Culinary Arts and/or Food Preservation
4) are motivated to commit to the program which operates inside and outside of normal school hours,
5) are open to the support, structure and guidance afforded by a small student-to-staff ratio.

Interested students should start talking to their school counselors now. Please download an Innovation Campus Application. For more information, contact keith@goodmancenter.org.

TEENworks Employment Opportunities

Youth age 16-21 who are working towards a high school diploma or equivalency and are interested in learning employment skills can attend evening trainings as part of the TEENworks program. On Tuesday and Thursday between 4-6 PM students can gain job skills and build a resume for paid employment opportunities at Goodman or other area businesses. Interested students should complete a TEENworks employment application or contact Megan Kleber, TEENworks Career Coordinator at megan@goodmancenter.org.

Three Career Pathways

Teens preserving strawberries

Culinary Arts
The Iron Works Cafe, senior meal program and Working Class Catering are all made possible by youth in the culinary career pathway. These students have been learning safe food handling techniques, as well as the history and science behind a variety of foods. Students in the culinary program have also been assisting in the food pantry.

Maintenance and Grounds
Maintenance and grounds students have been keeping the Goodman Center clear of snow and windows and rooms clean for the next user. These youth are learning how to safely use a variety of hand and power tools and the mathematical concepts necessary for building projects. These teens are also volunteering rebuilding bicycles for Wheels for Winners.

Early Childhood Education
TEENWorks students also assist in the preschool program. These students are learning about child development concepts. The teens have developed some of their own craft activities to share with the children.

As a community, we are thankful for all the effort that our student workers give every day to help run Goodman Community Center. If you see a TEENWorks employee give them some positive encouragement.