We believe having teens work at a farm, ranch or stable is good for the soul! So, we arrange part-time, paid job opportunities for teens in Central Indiana who have been diagnosed with common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD. We refer to these part-time jobs as “internships.” Our interns work hard, learn new skills, build self-esteem and earn a paycheck. Along the way, their mental health typically improves and they become better prepared for their next jobs. This program is not a good fit for teens struggling with active addiction issues, severe mental health conditions or physical impairments. Paid internships are often limited to adolescents age 16-18, but we have other programs for 14 and 15-year-olds and encourage parents to apply.
Approved applicants who meet basic requirements participate in a two-hour training and assessment session at one of our local farms or stables. If they are approved for the program, we introduce them to one of our program partners near the teen's home for an interview and trial workday or two. If accepted by the employer, they become a part-time employee of that facility. Most of our interns work after school, on weekends and during school breaks during the school year. The scope of work, hours and other details are managed between the employer and the teen. We require a minimum of six hours per week and a 90-day commitment, and most internships last six months or longer. Once a work schedule is agreed upon, interns are asked to honor this time commitment and avoid other commitments which would conflict. Many of our interns work for these facilities long after our involvement ends. Typical wages range from $8 to $10 per hour, and may be increased based on experience and increasing skills.
Parents or guardians who believe their teens may qualify are asked to complete our online application. A member of our team will contact you to discuss the next steps. Please be sure to include up-to-date contact information and availability.
Because of the generosity of our many supporters, we have temporarily dropped fees to participate, allowing us to offer our internship program free of charge. However, voluntary contributions to help us offset the costs of our program are always appreciated.
If you have questions, feel free to email us at [email protected] or call 877-66-FARMS.