Tools, Trainings & Technical Assistance

In addition to our direct mission delivery, GRuB has a successful history of sharing our model and best practices with organizations and institutions throughout the U.S. and beyond through manuals, program institutes, and mentor partnerships. Like a bee carrying pollen, GRuB is bringing innovative tools to educators, schools, and community organizations that are excited to engage youth in community-based learning. We call this part of our work Pollination. Read on to learn about the GRuB Institute, One-Day Trainings, our Technical Assistance services, and the GRuB Manual.

Group rates and a limited number of scholarships for attendance at a discounted rate are available. Clock Hours Available for teachers for one-day trainings and GRuB Institute.  To inquire about receiving a scholarship, clock hours or if you have any other questions about this training, please email


Facilitation 101 – GRuB Style

Saturday February 24th, $150/person

Clock Hours Available for teachers attending this training.  

Please register for Facilitation 101Events-icon

This one-day training serves as a focused introduction to tools and strategies we use when facilitating groups
of people of any age whether for one-time events or over the entire life cycle of a group.

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  • Ways to integrate kinesthetic learning into curriculum
  • Facilitation practices that establish a culture of engagement and leadership

Quotes from past attendees:

  • “It’s an easy to apply set of skills, thank you for providing a great recipe for creating safe space!” – 2017 Training Attendee
  • “I feel like I can apply this to my students, staff team building, and personal life.” – 2017 Training Attendee
  • GRuB is definitely an organization to live up to. Loved being in this workshop.” – 2017 Training Attendee

Group Development 101 – GRuB Style

Saturday April 14th, $150/person

Clock Hours Available for teachers attending this training.  

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fullsizeoutput_18c1Learn our favorite group development tools from GRuB School! You will leave this training with strategies that strengthen a group’s development and are relevant for working with youth in a cohort-based format. These tools can be used when teaching nearly any subject and when working with youth in the community, outdoors, or in a classroom setting.


Participants will learn about:

  • Accountability Strategies & Setting Shared Standards
  • Games and Teambuilding Activities
  • Communication styles that promote equality, respect, and success with young people

The GRuB Institute 

May 16th-18th, $425/person 

Clock Hours Available for teachers attending this training.  

Please register for The GRuB Institute here:   Events-icon

fullsizeoutput_189bThis 3 day institute is a relationship-rich, hands-on experience offering proven youth engagement tools, established program design methods, strategies for strong partnerships, and a detailed program manual covering both GRuB’s Cultivating Youth Employment Program and GRuB School model.

Participants will experience the culture and environment that makes the GRuB model successful, and leave with:

  • Tangible program design tools
  • Relevant models of communication
  • Powerful theories for youth engagement

IMG_0436What people are saying:

“So thankful for what I have learned while attending the GRuB Institute. My approach to working with youth has totally been transformed. Im looking forward to integrating many of the tools learned here into my future work.” – 2017 Institute Attendee

“At the Institute I learned and witnessed such compassion – from the staff, from the youth, from everyone involved. I feel refreshed and replenished, ready to go back to my community full of new learning and excited to continue working toward a better world.” – 2017 Institute Attendee

“This workshop was incomprehensibly nourishing, affirming, encouraging, and instructive.” – 2016 Institute Attendee



GRuB’s Technical Assistance and Coaching Services

GRuB has the capacity to provide technical assistance and coaching services to a few programs at a time. To learn more about what we are able to offer, please contact or call us at 360-753-5522.

Reflections on GRuB’s TA services:

Almost immediately it became clear to me that while small scale agriculture is the vehicle for changing and empowering the lives of youth in GRuB, the deeper teachings of socio-emotional competency and understanding the self and our relationship to our communities is really the hidden gem within GRuB. –Sean

Technical Assistance from GRuB has been invaluable for Cultivating Roots.  The practical garden resources and youth development training played a large part in the success of our summer youth program.  Since we are county health educators and not experienced or trained farmers, having trustworthy mentors available has enabled us to trouble shoot roadblocks in real time.  GRuB staff lives and breathes youth and community engagement through gardening and their passion is infectious. -Kristina


The GRuB Manual

The GRuB Manual is a detailed guide to GRuB’s youth employment and education programming. This  200+ page curriculum manual provides a description of the program and curricular structure, the planning and administration required to run it, as well as detailed calendars, workshops, lessons, and forms. We ask for a $25 donation for the PDF.  Please call or email to request one.

Contact us

To find out more about our services, or with other questions, please call GRuB at 360-753-5522 or e-mail