GW Denver Featured in US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Outreach Video!

May 12th, 2015

Groundwork Denver‘s staff and Green Team youth are featured in this cool U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service video promoting its focus on increasing urban and metropolitan communities’ access to national wildlife refuges!

GWUSA ED Joins Groundwork Team on Selma March

March 24th, 2015 GWUSA ED Joins Groundwork Team on Selma March

And here is Groundwork USA Executive Director Steve Burrington, who joined GW youth leaders for day three of the 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery March at Wright Chapel AME Zion Church along Route 80!

The National Park Service’s “Walking Classroom” commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march completed over 25 miles since starting on March 21st. After hearing from rangers in the morning, some Groundwork youth leaders met other foot soldiers who still reside in Lowndes County, AL and came to the programs for the public. Elias Seaborn is a former superintendent of schools in Selma and in 1965, he was a first year teacher and bus driver who saw the whole movement.

And here are Rani Jacobson’s (our NPS/GWUSA Fellow this year!) thoughtful observations based on her experience with the Walking Classroom: Blog3_GWUSASelma.

Welcome to the Groundwork USA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program & EJ/Equitable Development Community of Practice!

March 23rd, 2015 Welcome to the Groundwork USA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program & EJ/Equitable Development Community of Practice!

Last fall, Groundwork USA received a five-year grant from EPA to implement a Brownfields Technical Assistance (TA) Program, designed to help communities integrate environmental justice and equitable development best practices into their brownfields redevelopment planning.

Through our TA program, like-minded communities and practitioners across the country can join others in a community of practice where they can receive peer support, access to tools, workshops, networking opportunities and thought partners, and direct technical assistance.

Click here to learn more about the GWUSA Brownfields TA Program & Community of Practice and for more information on how to access our Technical Assistance program, and how to join our Community of Practice.

Day 3 of Selma March

March 23rd, 2015 Day 3 of Selma March

Escorted by National Park Service rangers and Alabama State Troopers, participants continue their walk along Route 80.

After completing 12.7 miles today, the Groundwork-NPS team has covered a ton of ground – literally and figuratively – when it comes to the Selma to Montgomery March. Along the way, both rangers and Walking Classroom participants sang key songs of the Civil Rights Movement. At the evening program, another foot soldier of the civil rights movement spoke today, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, who told many of the stories of the whole civil rights movement and the role of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Day 2 of Selma March

March 23rd, 2015 Day 2 of Selma March

Photographed here is Groundwork Milwaukee Youth Program Director, Antoine Carter, walking over the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge on the second day of the NPS “Walking Classroom”. On this day in 1965, civil rights activists including Dr. Martin Luther King and Reverend Frederick Reese, began their successful Selma to Montgomery March.

On the second day of the National Park Service’s “Walking Classroom”, participants all over the country gathered for the first leg of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March. Starting off at the Brown Chapel AME Church, walkers had the opportunity to listen to a sermon by Reverend Frederick Reese, who also preached just before the successful march in 1965. Other speakers included the mayor of Selma and Ms. Joanne Bland who lived through the movement and now still reside in the city. The procession was led by a local youth drumline, the mayor and Park Service rangers. Later, the march stopped at a tent city and heard from the daughter of a landowner who let many marchers live on his land after they lost their homes at that time. The Groundwork group continues to be empowered by the history and the knowledge of the civil rights activists who have shared their stories, as well as the physical act of marching over the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Groundwork Youth in Selma Commemorating Civil Rights March

March 20th, 2015 Groundwork Youth in Selma Commemorating Civil Rights March

Pictured here is Dominique Skinner, Youth Program Director at GW Anacostia, on Day 1 – preparing for NPS’s Walking Classroom. A Groundwork-RTCA contingent is headed down to Selma, AL to participate in an educational 5-day walk of the historic 50th-anniversary Selma March. (Photo credit: Rani Jacobson)

Representatives from Groundwork Trusts around the country and the National Park Service are heading down to Hayneville, Alabama to participate in a “Walking Classroom” commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Over the course of five days, participants will be learning about the march, talking about civil rights and race. Groundwork’s contingent is on the road and is already talking about some of the key issues they face in their daily lives. They are looking forward to getting to Alabama after their 20-hour drive and starting their journey. “We’ve never done something like this before so we are excited to see what is in store,” says Pamela Segura, an Americorps VISTA from Groundwork Hudson-Valley.

Also pictured is the entire Groundwork-NPS/RTCA crew, finally in Selma and ready for the historic March to begin! Montgomery 2015

GWUSA Youth Leader Training in Texas makes the news

March 11th, 2015

Read all about it here, on MassTransit mag!

More from Rani @ GW Lawrence!

March 11th, 2015

Learning about GW Lawrence, their exciting programs and particularly their extensive social media presence has been a fun and informative experience for Rani – read about it here: Rani J Blog2 GW Lawrence

NPS/GWUSA Fellow Rani Jacobson Goes ‘Syrupping’ with GW Somerville

February 24th, 2015

NPS/Groundwork USA Fellow Rani Jacobson, based in Boston, met up with the Groundwork Somerville crew to go tapping for Maple Syrup! Read about Rani and her fun experience with the Somerville Green Team in her blog post here: Rani J GW Somerville Blog 1

Rani will be working with Groundwork USA and the network on building our social media presence by blogging and writing about Trust projects and experiences across the network for Groundwork USA, along with some other exciting projects for both NPS and GWUSA. Welcome, Rani!

Groundwork Youth Leaders Launch (ioby) Campaign to Fund Training in Texas!

January 28th, 2015 Groundwork Youth Leaders Launch (ioby) Campaign to Fund Training in Texas!

Check out this appeal from our Groundwork Youth Leaders across the country:

“We’ve been helping to design a week-long Training for Groundwork Youth Leaders this March in Harper, Texas.

Groundwork works to train urban youth in trail building and construction and helps them build a relationship with nature. This work is incredibly important and rewarding to us and we want to do the best that we can do at this job. That’s why we’ve decided to create this training opportunity. Currently there are grants and contracts that we are unable to receive because we as youth leaders do not have all the skills to complete the projects. If we can increase our own trail building knowledge/leadership skills/construction ability, we will be better able to educate and train the youth and better able to secure funding for our programs.

Presently we have no grants and very little funding to get us to Texas, hire the professionals to teach us new skills or pay for our accommodations during the training. We are asking for your support to send us to this training through our fundraising campaign here.

We have already raised some funds, and are excited to get this project funded and happening! By helping us, you will be a part of our mission to change places and change lives too.”