Green Corps Job Program

Become an Employment Sponsor

We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.

~ Mary McLeod Bethune

Youth participants in Soil Born Farms’ Green Corps Jobs Program gain the foundational skills needed to move into the new green economy.  Unfortunately, many end up working in low paying fast food or retail jobs.  Soil Born Farms is looking to change this by partnering with green businesses in the Sacramento area that are interested in hiring youth who graduate from our Green Jobs Program.

The Green Corps program provides local underserved high school seniors with work opportunities focused on sustainable urban agriculture, environmental stewardship, health education, and food access. For most underserved youth, opportunities to gain exposure to the emerging green economy are beyond reach. Green Corps addresses this issue by giving youth work experience in real world green projects, consistent professional mentors and on-going technical trainings that collectively allow them to develop individual passions and career direction. Once youth complete the Green Corp program they are ready to move onto more permanent work experiences in the world of green jobs. Partnerships with like minded employers are of paramount importance to the success of the youth in the program.  

Our goal is for all youth participants to enter employment or higher education after their Green Corp experience. While a variety of degree and certificate options related to green careers exist, there remains a lack of job opportunities that keep youth engaged in the green economy. If you or somebody you know works in a green business and would like to provide an opportunity for Green Corp graduates to continue their employment experience in the Green Job sector, please call (916) 363-9685 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funding for Green Corps is provided by the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA).

Green Corps Job Program Overview



Green Corps is a job program for young adults who wish to build leadership skills through community-focused projects.   Our primary considerations for participating youth are their personal motivation and attitude.  We are looking for youth who want to build job and life skills, have a positive attitude, and wish to help their community.  In addition, it helps if youth have experience working outdoors or within a team and have an interest in one of our four project areas (sustainable urban agriculture, environmental stewardship, health education, and food access).


Youth will be expected to gain skills in the following areas:

  • Understand and be able to teach others the basics of sustainable gardening and farming.
  • Successfully plant, weed, harvest, and pack fruits and vegetables.
  • Understand Sacramento food systems and local food access concerns.
  • Understand the importance of sustainable agriculture to human health and the environment.
  • Educate local communities about nutrition, health, cooking and sustainability.
  • Lead healthy cooking demonstrations for the public.
  • Help conduct a farmer’s market.
  • Lead younger students in gardening, cooking, or exploration activities.
  • Work well within a team of peers.
  • Assume a leadership role in youth-led community service projects.
  • Act as an advocate for Soil Born Farms.

Applicants should be willing to learn new skills, maintain a positive attitude, and work outdoors for several hours during varied weather conditions.


Our goal is for all Green Corps participants to:

  • Achieve a high school/college diploma or occupational certificate, and
  • Obtain placement in employment or higher education



Phase 1: Work Readiness Training - Learn job skills


Phase 2: Community Service - Serve and meet new people (50 hours).


Phase 3: Service Learning - Share your talents and skills


Phase 4: Work Experience- Paid summer job


*Scheduled field trips & college visits


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How to Apply

Step 1: Review Program Requirements (below)


Step 2: Print and fill out the following documents (please do not write date on forms)

- SacWorks Registration Form

- SacWorks Youth Addendum Form (must include parent's signature)

- Green Corps Applicant Questionnaire



Step 3: Obtain the following documents:

  • Driver’s License, California ID, or personal identification
  • Social Security card or original birth certificate
  • High School transcript
  • Proof of income (3 months)


Step 4: Call or email Asoka (916) 263-7955 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Program Requirements

  • Must be entering senior year  of High School
  • Must be a resident of Sacramento County
  • Must meet WIA Federal Low Income Guidelines
  • Must meet one or more of the following criteria:
    (1) Basic Skills Deficient (Functioning at or below 9th grade level reading or math, possess Individual Education Plan)
    (2) Homeless, runaway
    (3) Foster youth
    (4) Pregnant or parenting
    (5) Involved in the criminal justice system
    (6) Require additional assistance to complete an educational program to secure and hold employment




Application Process

1. Make an appointment with Asoka Ishiura by calling (916) 263-7955 and bring:


a. SacWorks Registration Form
b. SacWorks Youth Addendum Form (must include parent's signature)

c. Green Corps Applicant Questionnaire


2. COMPLETE ELIGIBILITY APPOINTMENT. Asoka will schedule an eligibility appointment for you. At the appointment, SacWorks staff will confirm your eligibility to participate in the program. If the SacWorks staff deems you eligible, we will offer you a visit to the site and an in-person interview.


3. COMPLETE SITE VISIT. If eligible you will be invited to visit our American River Ranch site.


4. COMPLETE INTERVIEW. Based on your application materials, you may be invited to an in-person interview.






Applicant Eligibility Document Checklist

You will be asked to present the following documents at the time of your Eligibility Appointment. Please collect these documents in advance to best prepare yourself for admittance into the Green Corps Program.

1. Social Security Number

• Social Security Card OR
• Pay Stub OR
• W-2 Form


2a. Authorization to Work Document: U.S. BORN ONLY

• Birth Certificate or Baptismal (Baptismal must have place of birth), OR
• Social Security Card AND Valid Driver’s License or Identification Card


2b. Authorization to Work Document: BORN OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.

• Permanent Resident Card/ 1-94 (Back and Front) OR
• U.S. Passport, or Certificate of Naturalization


3. Family Income: Include all income received by immediate family members during the last six months. Bring all which apply.

• Pay Stubs, or Letter from Employer
• Current aid Verification Summary/ Notice of Action
• Unemployment Insurance Benefit Verification
• SSI Award Letter
• Social Security or Pension Benefits/ Widows and Survivors Benefits

4. Family Size: Family includes husband, wife, or legal guardian, and all children under 18 years of age and dependent children over 18 (no nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents unless legal guardian).

• Birth Certificate OR
• Current Aid Verification Summary OR
• Department of Human Assistance Printout

5. Selective Service Registration: Males born on or after January 1st, 1960, must be selective service registered.

• Selective Service Registration Letter, OR
• Proof of Service Discharge other than Dishonorable

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