Groundwork has a summer youth employment program called the Green Team. Working with local high schools, Groundwork forms a group of youth interested in gaining work experience in the environmental field. In the summer of 2009, Groundwork employed 18 students from Riverside, Saunders, and Gorton High Schools. As interns, the students become familiar with working for a non-profit, gain valuable job and leadership training, develop knowledge sets, and play an integral role in all summer activities and community service projects.
In addition to working several hands-on projects, the Green Team participates in a series of field trips organized in conjunction with the National Parks Service. These field trips bring the group to fun and interesting places while connecting students interested in preserving and restoring natural spaces with job opportunities and experience in the field. Past trips include: a camping trip at Fahnestock State Park where students helped to clear invasive barberry from a portion of the Appalachian Trail, swam in a nearby lake, cooked over an open fire, and hiked down the Trail; a tour, orienteering workshop and clean-up at Roosevelt National Historic Park; and a Jamaica Bay trip to learn about Green Jobs and the Bay’s natural habitat followed by a community service project and a trip to Riis Beach.
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