December 4th, 2013
Groundwork Trusts from across the U.S. nominated seven youth for in-depth profiles that explore their passion and their commitment to the community and the natural environment around them, and highlight their growth as inspiring leaders and aspiring environmental professionals. Read about these incredible Groundwork youth and their journeys in these one-page stories:
- Diego Contreras is from Dallas, TX; Diego Contreras 2013
- Rene Garcia is from Denver, CO; Rene Garcia 2013
- Wilkins Lugo is from Lawrence, MA; Wilkins Lugo 2013
- Sheena Conn is from Richmond, CA; Sheena Conn 2013
- Shay Ross is from San Diego, CA; Shay Ross 2013 and
- Tatiana and Briana Bogans are from Washington, DC.Bogans 2013
November 6th, 2013
News of a potential new Groundwork Trust in Jacksonville created quite a bit of excitement locally, and the news has been covered fairly extensively by the local media. Check out some of the news stories here: Florida Times Union, Jacksonville.com, and Metro Jacksonville.
November 6th, 2013
The position is based in Las Cruces, NM, and the application deadline is Nov. 18, 2013. Please see the job posting for more details. GW Dona Ana ED job posting Nov 2013
October 31st, 2013
Groundwork USA is thrilled to announce that 3 communities have been selected by NPS-RTCA and Groundwork USA for establishing new Trusts, pending the successful completion of a community-driven feasibility study in partnership with Groundwork USA. Taking place during 2014, the feasibility studies aim to help each Groundwork Steering Committee with: defining a vision, goals and objectives for its new Trust to undertake; identifying and prioritizing a slate of short-term and long-term projects and programs for the Trust to pursue; and planning for the fledgling Trust’s initial launch phase in its community.
Groundwork USA is pleased to announce our three potential new Trust communities, located in:
• Atlanta, Georgia
• Indianapolis, Indiana
• Jacksonville, Florida
For further information, please contact Anjali Chen at: anjali [at] groundworkusa.org.
October 24th, 2013
Yesterday the 21CSC (21st Century Conservation Service Corps) National Council announced that Groundwork USA has been selected as a 21CSC member organization through our modeling of the core values that 21CSC represents, including increased diversity and expansion of opportunities for all youth and veterans, especially creation of service and job opportunities for those populations, restoration our natural resources, connection of Americans to the country’s lands and waters, effective recruitment of the next generation of public employees, and development of the next generation of conservation stewards.
Along with its network affiliates Groundwork Cincinnati, Groundwork Denver, Groundwork Lawrence, and Groundwork Milwaukee, Groundwork USA is part of an initial cohort of organizations helping young people and veterans accomplish meaningful work, gain important personal and professional skills, and also build a lifelong connection to the outdoors. Along with partners like Groundwork, the 21CSC National Council will continue to promote 21CSC principles in the hope that many more organizations will join the ranks of our partnership to lead our nation’s conservation movement well into the 21st Century.
To learn more about 21CSC, or to apply to become a member organization of the 21CSC National Council, please click here.
September 25th, 2013
Our annual conference, the GWUSA 2013 Assembly & Youth Summit, which WAS TO BE be held at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, from October 24 – 27, 2013 has now been rescheduled for April 3rd-6th, 2014 (the rescheduling happened as a result of the government shutdown.
While our more detailed agenda will be available soon (it is currently being finalized with our Groundwork network affiliates and partners), here’s an outline of plans for the conference:
THURSDAY APRIL 3rd
6:00pm Welcome Reception & Dinner for the Groundwork Network
FRIDAY APRIL 4th
9:00am-3:00pm Groundwork Youth: Investing in the Next Generation of Conservation-Minded Sustainable Community Builders
This morning-through-afternoon forum is designed to engage Groundwork USA’s current federal administrative partners, as well as new and potential ones, in a set of deliberate, thought-provoking conversations with Groundwork Green Team youth ambassadors from underserved Groundwork communities. Similar youth forums held at past Groundwork Youth Summits have inspired productive partnerships between Groundwork Trusts and public land agencies, out of which robust youth corps and job training programs on federal lands have emerged. These efforts also celebrate and are in keeping with the National Park Service’s Call to Action.
3:30-5:00pm Network-Only Program
Groundwork USA AND EPA-facilitated discussion among EDs, youth, and youth leaders on Environmental Justice
SATURDAY APRIL 5th (all-day at NCTC)
Groundwork USA Assembly for Trust Executive Directors
SATURDAY APRIL 5th(all-day at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park)
Groundwork USA Youth Summit for Youth Leaders and Green Team Youth Ambassadors
If you are Groundwork personnel, please REGISTER HERE.
If you are a federal or non-profit partner, please REGISTER HERE.
The NCTC facility, a US Fish and Wildlife Service property, is a 1 or 1.5 hour drive from Dulles International Airport and downtown Washington, DC, respectively.
Please check back here for detailed agenda and more conference info as we finalize details.
September 11th, 2013
We thought we would share the inspiring story of a mural project in Newburgh, New York. Groundwork Hudson Valley, based in Yonkers, is currently expanding its work into Newburgh by partnering with other local non-profits in Newburgh (also located in the Hudson Valley area) – here’s the story of the Newburgh mural by the artist Dasic Fernandez.
August 26th, 2013
Twenty youth and 9 youth leaders from 9 Groundwork Trusts across the country are at Yellowstone National Park this week, for the second annual Groundwork USA Corps experience at Yellowstone. Read about it and see photos here Groundwork USA Corps Experience in Yellowstone National Park and GWUSA Youth Green Corps Dispatches from Yellowstone #2, of the hard-working, interesting and fun experience that urban youth from the Groundwork network are having. The goal of the week-long program is to provide diverse youth with the opportunity to work in Yellowstone alongside park professionals on a variety of projects and to tour this magnificent park. Youth traveled from Bridgeport, CT, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Dona Ana County, NM, Milwaukee, WI, Somerville, MA, Portland, OR, Washington, DC and Yonkers, NY, to Yellowstone NP.
June 19th, 2013
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) protects valuable parks and public lands and creates outdoor recreation opportunities for families across the country. LWCF also provides matching grants to local communities (many of which are Groundwork communities) looking to combat childhood obesity by increasing the number of safe places for kid to walk and play outside. These matching grants can be used to build playgrounds, ball fields, bike paths and other quality outdoor recreation opportunities that are close to home, open to the public and accessible to all.
Unfortunately, although hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties are paid into LWCF each year by energy companies drilling for gas and oil off-shore, Congress diverts nearly all of this money to other purposes, dramatically impacting efforts to build safe places for kids to get outside.
Groundwork USA has signed a letter to the First Lady and Interior Secretary Jewell asking them to make LWCF a priority of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative. We want both of these leaders to urge Congress to fully and permanently fund LWCF because it’s a valuable resource for communities to use in creating better access to the great outdoors, and in the fight against childhood obesity.
May 22nd, 2013
President Obama was in Belfast this week, and in a speech at the Waterfront Hall on June 17th 2013, talks about the Alexandra Park interface in north Belfast, where a peace gate has been inserted to allow residents to enjoy the park in its entirety. Groundwork Northern Ireland’s Director Sylvia Gordon is mentioned by the President in his keynote speech. Something those in the U.S. may not know is that Groundwork USA was modeled on the Groundwork UK model, and works with a very similar approach to that of Groundwork Northern Ireland, in 20 communities here in the United States!