Groundwork Rhode Island’s summertime Green Team Program provides youth development and employment opportunities for high school students across Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. Youth are hired for a six week period to participate in environmental education programs and community service projects that improve their city’s environment.
Groundwork 2018 Summer Green Team!
The Green Team employs 10-20 youth each summer, ages 14-18, to engage in environmental education and stewardship projects that improve our communities. Green Team members develop hands-on skills related to urban environmental sustainability, as well as have the opportunity to travel to protected natural places in RI and beyond to engage in conservation efforts there as well. Green Team youth are challenged daily with the opportunity of working outdoors and engaging in physical improvement projects that make a visible difference in our community. Team members learn about various environmental sustainability efforts, and how they can be involved as leaders and activists to make our communities healthier places to live.
In 2018 we will be hiring 10 youth in Providence and 10 youth in Central Falls! Youth from Pawtucket are also welcome to apply. Youth ages 14-15 will be paid $7.58/hour and youth ages 16-18 will be paid $9.09/hour. All youth will be expected to work 20 hours per week for 6 weeks, Tuesday-Friday 9am-2pm.
May 25th, 2018: Green Team Applications due!
June: Interviews with prospective team members
June 23rd: Final selection of 20 participants
July 5th – 6th: Orientation
July 9th- August 17th: Green Team in full swing
August 18th-26th: Optional Trip to Yellowstone National Park
Apply for the 2018 summer green team here!
Past Green Teams:
The 2015 Green Team united 10 high school youth from Mt. Hope and other neighborhoods across Providence to work on a variety of projects including improving school gardens at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, and Mary Fogarty Elementary. The team also helped Groundwork launch its new urban farm and greenhouse at 433 Prairie Avenue.
Green Teams foster the personal growth of each team member and helps them become community environmental leaders. The program provides students with:
- Summer employment
- Environmental education
- Opportunities to engage in environmental advocacy and community stewardship
- A chance to enjoy nature in and around the city
- Fun, friends, and new experiences!
In 2014, Groundwork’s Green Team focused on environmental projects around the Mt. Hope neighborhood, thanks to funding from Miriam Hospital, partnering with Mt. Hope Learning Center and other neighborhood groups.
Learn how the 2013 Green Team made an impact on their community:
Watch a video of 2012’s Green Team project!