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!
February 6th, 2015
Javier Ochoa Reyes, 22, a program coordinator at Groundwork Richmond has been selected for a ‘local conservation hero’ award for his work recruiting local at-risk youth to work on transforming the Richmond Greenway. Read the story here. Congratulations, Javier!
January 28th, 2015
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.”
January 28th, 2015
GW Anacostia is seeking a Director of Program Administration in Washington, DC. Check it out here: Job Announcement – Dir of Prog Admn
And check out GW Lawrence‘s job description here: GWL Finance & Operations Director Jan 2015
January 27th, 2015
We’re pleased to announce that Tangier Barnes has recently joined our growing GWUSA team. She’s our new Manager of Land and Water Programs and will be working with the Urban Waters Learning Network and also working on Groundwork USA’s brownfields technical assistance program.
Since 2009, Tangier has been Director of Community Planning at Groundwork Denver. Her accomplishments in that role have been extraordinary. She has spearheaded the Platte Farm Open Space project, an extremely complex brownfields redevelopment project. She has also, among other things, led Key Connections, a project to create better connections between low-income neighborhoods and their waterways; collaborated on equitable transit-oriented development; and written a guide to best practices in low-cost, community-based improvements to the built environment. She brings extraordinary skill in connecting residents, local government and diverse stakeholders to effect positive change.
We are excited to have Tangier on board here at GWUSA!
January 7th, 2015
Read here about GW Cincininnati’s work on the Mill Creek Greenway and the successful completion of yet another phase of the greenway. The planned 15-mile green corridor, which starts at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Carthage and will eventually reach the Ohio River Trail in Lower Price Hill, will help clean up one of the region’s most notoriously polluted corridors.
December 29th, 2014
We are honored to announce the appointment of Mickey Fearn to the Groundwork USA Board!
Mr. Fearn, currently Professor of Practice at North Carolina State University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, is the former Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance at the National Park Service (NPS), where he worked tirelessly to increase the participation of currently underrepresented groups in our parks.
Mickey Fearn has been a public servant for over 43 years. Before joining NPS, he served the City of Seattle, Washington, where he created and directed a summer youth program for Seattle Parks and Recreation aimed at connecting urban youth to the natural world while promoting personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles. While in Seattle, Mr. Fearn held positions as the manager of the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, director of the City’s Innovation Project and director of Seattle’s Neighborhood Leadership Program. He also served as a Washington State Parks and Recreation commissioner for 12 years. Prior to his work in Seattle, Mr. Fearn worked for the Governor of California, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor of Oakland, California.
At NCSU, in addition to teaching classes, Mickey Fearn works with the College of Natural Resources’ (CNR’s) Community for Diversity in Natural Resources to address its challenges regarding diversity and inclusion and engaging in cross-campus diversity activities. He is also working with local government and non-profits to engage communities of color in ecology and environmental activities, and connecting federal agencies to the important research and work that CNR is doing.
Mickey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Park Administration at California State University, and his Master of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Oregon.
December 17th, 2014
Here is a great video produced by a high school student about Groundwork Denver‘s Bear Creek Watershed project. It’s 8 minutes long, and does a really great job explaining the issue and the project!
December 15th, 2014
Please see attachments for details about this exciting position based in Las Cruces, NM: GWDA Americorp VISTA Flyer
December 2nd, 2014
by Chris Mancini, Executive Director of Groundwork Somerville
From November 8-18 this year, I traveled first to Dublin and then to Belfast to experience the “rule of law” in all its forms as a part of an exchange program hosted by Boston College’s Irish Institute. This was the second part of an exchange, which began when we hosted Ciaran Shannon of Groundwork Northern Ireland for 3 weeks back in May.
From meeting with political leaders at the Dáil (parliament) one day, to touring a community policing station and sitting in with a pro bono legal nonprofit the next, we were given an inside look at how the Republic of Ireland keeps itself running. Two big differences we noticed were that there are four major political parties (FOUR!) and the fact that the police guard take an active role in diverting potential offenders out of the legal system, rather than simply enforcing and arresting and leaving it up to the courts.
But the heart of my trip lay up north in Belfast. Spending two days with Ciaran and Groundwork Northern Ireland led to some sobering realizations about the work we do here in Massachusetts, as well as the great potential we have to effect change. On the face of things, Groundwork Somerville and Groundwork Northern Ireland are performing some very similar jobs creating green spaces in urban areas, engaging community in public processes and creating jobs and training opportunities for youth. However, Groundwork Northern Ireland is performing this work in a city that until just 10 years ago (or even less) was regularly rocked by extreme violence. To this day, some groups are still trying to destabilize the peace that has been created, and which Groundwork Northern Ireland strives every day to preserve and increase. Ciaran and his colleagues target “interfaces”, or streets and locations at the juncture of Loyalist and Nationalist neighborhoods, to do their work, which includes building community gardens (allotments), taking down “Peace Walls” and bringing Catholics and Protestants together to talk about their hopes for the future.
Read the whole post here.