Groundwork Featured in New Public Radio Documentary on Gratitude

November 27th, 2015 Groundwork Featured in New Public Radio Documentary on Gratitude

The Thanksgiving and holiday season is a great time to take stock of all the things we’re grateful for: family, friends, pets, the beauty of the natural world.

Jairo Hernandez of the Groundwork Lawrence Green Team in Yellowstone National Park, 2014

Groundwork Lawrence Green Team member Jairo Hernandez in Yellowstone National Park, 2014

But did you know there’s a growing body of scientific evidence that feeling and expressing gratitude can be good for your health? Or that the U.S. National Park Service provides evidence that gratitude can be passed down through generations?

Combining the latest research on gratitude with personal stories, The Science of Gratitude, a one-hour public radio special narrated by Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon, explores the opportunities and challenges to feeling truly grateful.

One thing we’re grateful for: the documentary includes interviews with Jairo Hernandez of Groundwork Lawrence and Curt Collier of Groundwork USA and Groundwork Hudson Valley! Stream the documentary online from WNYC Radio or find out when it’s airing on your local public radio station here.

You can hear the section with Jairo and Curt around 00:16:15 – but make sure to listen to the whole thing. You’ll be grateful that you did!

November 18 webinar — Community Engagement: Advancing an Equitable Development Agenda

November 13th, 2015 November 18 webinar -- Community Engagement: Advancing an Equitable Development Agenda


Wednesday, November 18, 2015
2:00 PM EST

Registration is free: Register today

Join Groundwork USA and our partner, TDA Consulting, for a free, interactive webinar on the role of community engagement in advancing an equitable development agenda.LawrenceReviviendo

Hear directly from some of the field’s most innovative practitioners who are achieving equitable brownfield redevelopment outcomes:

Marianne Paley Nadel, Owner/Manager at Everett Mills Real Estate LLC
Marianne will share the story of the Reviviendo Gateway Initiative in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The mission of Reviviendo is to build human capital, create new housing and commercial space, improve the public environment, and redefine the city’s image. Marianne will discuss the process to achieve the project’s main objectives, explore the importance of benchmarking progress, and provide an update on the initiative.

Regina Laurie, Community Engagement Consultant
Regina will talk about her work in Flint, MI over the past 15 years working with the Genesee County Land Bank, the City of Flint’s master plan, neighborhood based organizations on community engagement, coalition building, working across difference, and the importance of community healing using storytelling. Her work in Flint particularly focused on supporting the Land Bank’s pass-through of $20M in Neighborhood Stabilization funds to address housing demolition, and related historic and current systemic issues the community is facing as a result of massive disinvestment and depopulation.

Tedd Grain, Deputy Director of Indy LISC
Through initiatives like Quality of Life neighborhoods, Great Places 2020, and Reconnecting to our Waterways, Indianapolis LISC seeks strategic community development and deployment of resources, including aligning grassroots community priorities with brownfield remediation efforts through the Indy Brownfield Accelerator. Tedd will describe the community engagement process that has led to catalytic investment in these initiatives.

Register today

Join Us for GWUSA’s 2015 Annual Assembly and Youth Summit!

September 23rd, 2015

All conference and registration info here!

GWUSA expands Partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service

September 21st, 2015

Dele Johnson of Groundwork Denver talks about his experience at National Elk Refuge this summer with Pamela Segura of Groundwork Hudson Valley who interviewed him for this story: Dele Johnson – USFWS GWUSA Partnership.

Johnson and 11 other youth from Groundwork Trusts in Dallas, Denver and New Orleans went to National Elk Refuge to work, learn and play as part of Groundwork USA’s growing partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. The experience left a lasting impact on all of them.

The youth also worked at Grand Teton National Park nearby the same week, and talked about their time there with us — you can read about that here.

First year for Green Team youth at Grand Teton National Park

August 17th, 2015

This summer, Groundwork USA sent nine Green Team youth from around the network for a week-long trip to Grand Teton National Park to work, learn and live. While in the backcountry of Wyoming, the youth learned new skills that they can bring to their Groundwork projects back home, gained more knowledge about themselves and how they work, and a greater appreciation for nature.

Whilst in Wyoming, they had the opportunity learn more about themselves and how they work. For Cindy Leija from Groundwork Dallas, patience was an important lesson learned: “I would get stressed out working in the heat. But patience is a benefit to me and my team, and it’s worth it.”  Many Green Team members found that their trip has not only brought a focus to their work in their cities but also made them grateful for their Groundwork education. “Groundwork has been here for me and been an opportunity for me and my friends to avoid being on the streets,” Jeremiah Roy says. “It gives us something to look forward to.”

This summer’s partnership was our first with Grand Teton National Park, modeled after our current partnership with their neighbor to the north Yellowstone National Park and their Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. Groundwork USA’s vision is to extend our partnership with Grand Teton and continue bringing urban youth to the greater outdoors for these once (maybe twice) in a lifetime experiences.

Read more about Grand Teton through the eyes of three youth from Groundwork New Orleans, Groundwork Dallas and Groundwork Denver.

Jeremiah Roy, Groundwork NOLA

Cindy Leija, Groundwork Dallas

Makalah Emmanuel, Groundwork Denver

Groundwork Green Team youth out at Yellowstone National Park

August 13th, 2015 Groundwork Green Team youth out at Yellowstone National Park

This summer, Groundwork USA sent Green Team youth from around the network for a week-long trip to Yellowstone National Park to work, learn and live. While in the backcountry of America, the youth learned new skills that they can bring to their Groundwork projects back home, gained more knowledge about themselves and how they work, and a greater appreciation for nature. Building a stone wall was one of the major projects that they worked on. In addition, the Green Team students were able to talk to park rangers and YCC staff about their roles within the Park Service and to talk about career ideas.  Read more about Yellowstone through the eyes of three youth from Groundwork Jacksonville, Groundwork Portland and Groundwork Richmond.


Eduardo Guzman, Groundwork Jacksonville

Medina Gedi, Groundwork Portland

Favian Gutierrez, Groundwork Richmond CA

Magpi Helps Groundwork Denver Go Paperless and Become More Efficient Collecting Data

August 4th, 2015

magpi_logoMagpi is helping Groundwork Denver be a little bit greener and lot more efficient. Using Magpi’s mobile data collection app, Groundwork Denver team members can now go ‘paperless’ when collecting field data about the environmental revitalization and conservation work they do; everything from planting trees and cleaning up streams, to gardening, building playgrounds, and habitat restoration. More Magpi and less paper use means Groundwork Denver is doing its own part to contribute to a ‘green’ environment.  Check out their recent press release and read more about this exciting new partnership here.



GWUSA is Hiring!

July 24th, 2015

GWUSA is seeking to hire a Manager of Network Development and Communications! Check out this cool job in this posting here, and please note that the deadline for application is August 24, 2015: Groundwork USA Manager of Network Development and Communications 7 23 15

Technical Assistance from NPS/RTCA Available for Groundwork Trusts!

June 19th, 2015

Ever want to know how to start that greenway project, or do you dream of how a bike trail or water trail might be located along the river in your urban community? The National Park Services’ Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program is accepting applications through August 1, 2015 to provide technical assistance to get you going. RTCA does not offer grants, but assists with planning, finding resources, building partnerships, engaging neighbors and implementing ideas to help you achieve your project. Their help has been absolutely key in many, many communities!

For Information on Applying, click here on the National Park Service website link.

A webinar about the program was conducted by NPS/RTCA staff last year for the Urban Waters Learning Network.


For more info, you can also contact:

Ann-Marie Mitroff, Groundwork USA, annmarie [at]

Diana Toledo, River Network, dtoledo [at]

Co-coordinators, Urban Waters Learning Network


Groundwork Jacksonville Plans to Connect Trails into a Greenway

June 15th, 2015

Groundwork Jacksonville and the City of Jacksonville are in the process of proposing a project that will connect several parks in the area into a larger greenway. It will end up connecting the north side of the Hogan’s Creek Greenway to the S-Line Rail Trail. On June 1st, the City put their heads together with GWJ, the American Society for Landscape Architects and community members in a charrette format to discuss the project. This is the first major project that Groundwork Jacksonville, one of the newest Groundwork Trusts, is conducting.

Some of the low-hanging fruit that executive director Dawn Emerick and some community members found through the community forum included connecting existing trails on the small-scale, putting together a tree planting program and strategy and maintaining existing trails.

To read more, check out articles from News WJCT, and the Jacksonville Business Journal.