Roots & Shoots Participant Reflections: Phin
Roots and Shoots is our fully paid youth career development program in partnership with Red Fox. The program supports youth facing barriers age 18-25 each season to build their skills and start a career in the environmental field, through 10-weeks of land-based job training and a 12-week supported work placement.
Phin completed their work placement with Hives for Humanity, and is now their newest staff member! Read their reflections below.
Reflections from Phin
EYA’s internship came as a welcomed transition out of customer service, where I felt stuck, disconnected, and exhausted. We spent so much time working outside and completed a restoration project – habitat for birds in the Youth Garden as well as removal of invasive species, nursery work, and other land-based work. My favourite part of Roots & Shoots was getting to spend time outside, with the land and non-human beings and learning from the program facilitators and guests.
We visited Hives for Humanity (H4H) pretty early into the program; Sarah showed us around and then took us to the garden where Kevin taught us about the plants and why they were important. We also learned about propolis and eagerly got to work, scraping propolis left by the bees and Sarah shared more about H4H and the bees. The work of connecting people, plants, pollinators, and place really stuck with me.
I started talking with my [EYA] Program Facilitator pretty soon after that about completing my work placement at H4H and I am so thankful to have the opportunity. My time at H4H has been filled with joy, learning, and building relationships; I have felt so welcomed here! Over the past month and a half, I have learned to pour, finish, and wrap candles and to bottle honey. I’ve experienced community governance from the Community Engagement Committee and learned about community resources. And I have been able to use some of the plant knowledge I gained from Roots & Shoots to write a seasonal garden zine. The team here has been so encouraging and I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to learn, grow, and try new skills.