Taressa has been a part of Mill Village Farms for the past year. She is growing up right around the corner in the West Greenville community and attends Legacy Charter High School. She was first introduced to Mill Village Farms through our Powered for Life class, a program designed to prepare students for the workforce with soft-skills training. When her guidance counselor told her about the program she wasn’t very interested until she learned there would be a free meal every week and she'd have a job opportunity after finishing the program. By the end of the program, Taressa landed a job with Mill Village Farms. Her number one take away, “Always keep God in your plan and always keep connections wherever you go.”
She accepted the summer job, but was still hesitant about spending the summer working outside on the farm. She didn’t know how she would do all summer, while also working with so many new teens. Before the summer began, she was shy and struggled talking to new people. By the end, she had become the team's “go-to” student for any community engagement opportunity. She was a natural at sharing her story; she just needed the chance to see her own skills. She says, “Mill Village was able to change me in a way, it made me more open-minded to what I’m capable of.”
Taressa plans on working again next summer. She is encouraging her younger sisters and neighbors too, “the number one reason to work at Mill Village is that the people there actually care about you, they care about your future”. Taressa is just one of 30 students that worked at Mill Village Farms and other local organizations last summer. The last thing Taressa wants to share about Mill Village is to “always be open to new experiences, Mill Village is all about doing new things and they can help you get comfortable with trying something new."
This giving season, would you consider supporting a teen just like Taressa to have the same experience in 2017? Every dollar donated between Nov 17-29th is being matched by an anonymous group up to $13,000 for Giving Tuesday. It costs Mill Village Farms $250 to provide a scholarship for one student like Taressa to participate in the Powered for Life Program that built a caring community and empowered her to try something new and discover her incredible gifts within.
Story written by Stella Huey our Mill Village Farms Youth Program Assistant through Americorp