The “Growing Entrepreneurs” program is a six-month to three year program for high school freshmen and sophomores run by Gather New Haven, a nonprofit organization that supports community gardens and farms throughout the city.

What is the program about?
The program teaches 6 different types of skills: entrepreneurial skills, professional skills, carpentry skills, gardening skills, character skills, and knowledge of environmental issues. In 2020 there will be 3 program tracks with different focuses: Farm Business, Composting, and Carpentry.
Farm Business: Cultivate vegetables, fruits, and seedlings to sell to restaurants and at a farm stand, start farm-related business ventures like seed-saving
Composting: Collect food waste from paying customers around the city by bike and produce compost to sell and donate
Carpentry: Run a raised garden bed and compost system installation business and do large-scale carpentry projects at community gardens and farms

Both! As a Growing Entrepreneur you will get paid $12/hour for the 5 hours you work every week. You can also earn commission from the profits of your business ventures.

What about the summer?
In January, all Growing Entrepreneurs need to go through the process of applying for Youth@Work. During the 5 weeks of Youth@Work in the summer we work 25 hours a week.

We follow all state and city rules with respect to Covid-19. We do work in person with some remote work options. Typically, we are working outside with masks, socially-distanced, and in small groups.

More questions?
Feel free to contact the program coordinator Esther at
You can also read more about the program and the current participates on our website at
We will also host volunteer days in November so that you can see what the job involves. Rain or shine and please wear a mask.
Farm Track Volunteer Day: Saturday November 21st 10am-1pm at 15 James Street
Composting Track Volunteer Day: Sunday November 22nd 2pm-4pm at 80 Winchester Avenue
Carpentry Track Volunteer Day: Wednesday December 2nd 3pm-4pm at 47 Grand Avenue


Community Resources for Families from NHPS Daniel Diaz:

5 Resources for families

The Family Support Hotline at 475-220-1900

1. Homework Helpline Support Program: ONLY FOR TITLE I SCHOOLS

The Homework Helpline Support Program was created to provide homework support to your child if he or she is having difficulties with his/her homework. It will serve k-12 students and families in the NHPS. It will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020. It will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.. If you need any assistance with homework, please visit :

2. Technology and Other Support for Families:

• Issues related to classwork, reach out to the teacher and the school.

• For Google Classroom, Google Meets, Google Password reset, or related applications – Make an appointment for assistance at

• For all other matters, contact the Family Support Call Center at 475-220-1900 leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

• We also encourage parents to visit for the most up to date information, school calendar and District Headlines.

3. Comcast Internet Essentials

We know that many families depend on the Internet, whether for school or at home. We are excited to inform you that you may qualify for 12 months of FREE Internet Essentials service based on the information you provided us in the survey.

If you are interested in obtaining the service, please contact your child/ren school and they will provide you with the Voucher Code to use in your application.





4. New Haven Public Schools Family Support Call Center (FSCC):

The New Haven Public Schools Family Support Call Center (FSCC) was created to assist families and students with basic information regarding technology, Comcast Internet Essentials, homework assistance, food assistance etc., The FSCC staff retrieves every message and responds back within 24 hours. The staff assists the families and students directly or by referring them to the proper person, school and/or department. If a parent or student has a question or concern they may call, “ The Family Support Hotline “ at 475-220-1900.

5. What is eduroam and how to get WI-FI access:

Eduroam is an official wireless hotspot network now being offered by the New Haven Public Schools for students and staff to use on personal and school assigned devices for off campus distance learning. It allows for greater connectivity to many more wireless hotspots as part of a global federation of Wi-Fi hotspots. The Eduroam network provides students and staff with wireless access at any participating institution – there are many participating locations in the New England area as well as across the United States and internationally. Once setup you will automatically be joined to an eduroam wireless hotspot where available. Yale for example has many locations in the City of New Haven and once setup students can access Wi-Fi near any one of their locations. The New Haven Public Library is also working to offer Eduroam Wi-Fi hotpot connectivity.

Eduroam provides simple, easy, secure connectivity from thousands of hotspots across more than 100 countries. More than 10,000 Eduroam hotspots are available at universities, research centers, academies, many schools, and other research and education institutions in more than 100 territories around the world. As Eduroam grows, more and more hotspots are appearing in additional places such as libraries, museums and public spaces such as railway stations and coffee shops.

Simple, Easy, Secure eduroam Video

New Haven Public School’s staff and student setup and login instructions:

1. Go into the settings area to connect to a wireless network on your device. Interactive map of eduroam locations

2. Wherever you see ‘eduroam’ broadcasted by an eduroam partnering institution, it will appear in the list of Wi-Fi networks. You simply select it and proceed to login.

3. Enter your New Haven login and password – you must use your email address. If you do not know your login or password information, contact your school.

School sites with external Wi-Fi hotspots:

The district has installed external wireless access points on the below listed schools. Many of the homes surrounding these schools can access the service at approximately two and half blocks; this may differ depending on many factors that could affect the penetration levels. Students have unlimited bandwidth when they login with their NHPS credentials. NHPS Students and staff must select the eduroam network to connect under Wi-Fi settings on their device and login using their username login and password. Please Note – will not work to login and use the eduroam network.


Looking for information about Covid-19?  Here is the City of New Haven’s Covid-19 web page: Places for testing:  YNHH (several locations) (833) 275-9644

                               Fair Haven Clinic (203) 871-4179

                               Hill Health Center (several locations) (203) 503-3000 For more information, call your primary doctor or call the New Haven Health Dept. Covid-19 hotline:  (203) 946-4949.


REMINDER: The Homework Center is open from 3-4 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Your teachers can share the link with you.


Congratulations to John Buell for winning VFW New Haven Post 12150 Teacher of the Year and Anne Brasseaux for Voice of Democracy, audio-essay contest. They and Patriot’s Pen winner Thomas F. McCormack (Melissa Dailey’s son) all advance to VFW Connecticut District 2 (New Haven County) judging this weekend.



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