The Green Team is an environmental job corps employing youth ages 14-17 in a full-year urban agriculture, parks assessment and landscaping opportunity.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Youth summits and community visioning projects have all noted youth employment as a major concern and need in Somerville. The Green Team fills this void by engaging youth in year-round employment at a living wage (in Somerville $9/hour). We not only work in a meaningful experince in the green jobs field, but we also build employment/job skills and do environmental community development in our community.
How will this project solve this problem?
1) Harvesting, maintaining and selling produce from our schoolyard gardens and South Street Farm at the local Farmers' Market 2) Assessing parks and playgrounds for potential activity 3) Visiting National Parks for service work
Potential Long Term Impact
1) Benefitting the green infrastructure of our community 2) Creating a new generation of urban farmers 3) Providing locally grown produce to the Somerville community 4) Imparting new knowledge of job skills on high school students
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,450
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,550
Total Funding Goal: $5,000