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.
Jeremiah Roy, Groundwork NOLA
Cindy Leija, Groundwork Dallas
Makalah Emmanuel, Groundwork Denver
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
Groundwork Denver is running a campaign to raise funds for their Groundwork Greens project – a unique social enterprise greenhouse that will provide meaningful job training to low-income Denver youth while producing 10,000 pounds of food per year. Check out this ioby campaign here, where you can read more about the project and contribute.
Groundwork Jacksonville, one of our newest Trusts to join the GWUSA network, has been busy working on all kinds of exciting projects with its first-ever Green Team this summer. Read here about Eduardo Soriano-Guzman, a GWJAX Green Team-er, excited to head out on a one-week trip to Yellowstone National Park, along with other Groundwork Green Team members from across the country!
Check out the job description here, and please note the deadline for applications is: August 15, 2015: GWWC_Hiring ED Notice
Groundwork Dona Ana made headlines again in Las Cruces newspaper in late June for the great work they are completing through a partnership with Las Cruces Utilities Water Conservation Program and the City of Las Cruces, NM.
15 Green Team members are conducting irrigation audits at parks all over the city this summer and into the fall. These audits include assessing the soil moisture and taking soil samples. The skills that these teenagers learn through the program can help them in the future job acquisition. The goal of the partnership is to match the needs of the city with the need for job training in the Water Conservation Program and provide extra skills to Groundwork teens in New Mexico.
To read more about Groundwork Dona Ana’s involvement in water conservation and irrigation audits, click here.
Photo credit: Suzanne Michaels
“He who makes his hand touch the soil can never go hungry.”
– Jacob Okam’s mother
Groundwork Elizabeth and its partner, Kean University, were mentioned in a recent New York Times article as an optimal farm for new urban farmer, Jacob Okam. Okam is an immigrant who has learned some of the best farming practices from FARMroots, a NYC farmer development program, and Brooklyn Botanical Garden. He has come to the Kean University farm, that is run in conjunction with Groundwork Elizabeth and its Come Grow With Me program, to grow a larger crop of Nigerian produce. International produce, especially those which are from Nigeria, are hard to find fresh in the United States. Many immigrants try to grow their own by bringing their own seeds. Okam is attempting to produce crop enough to sell to African food stores in New York City.
To find out more, read here.
To read more about Come Grow With Us and the community-university partnership, read here.
Photo credit: Bryan Anselm, New York Times
Groundwork Doña Ana was highlighted in Las Cruces Sun News on June 22nd for their Green Team work. The newspaper focused on how Groundwork is arming their youth (ages 16-25) for the future through opportunities and skill building. “You actually really do carry everything you learn in Groundwork into anything you do in the future, whether it be a computer software developer, you learn skills that are necessary in future goals that you might have,” says Green Team member, José Ortiz.
To read more, click here.