Initiatives Democratizing the Green City

Volunteer Opportunity: GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council

From a member of the UDL community who is now with the NYC Parks Department:

I am happy to announce the second year of Green Thumb’s student Youth Leadership Council at community gardens throughout the five boroughs. Green Thumb is a division of the Parks Department which provides support for all the community and school gardens within the five boroughs.

The purpose of the Youth Leadership Council is to pave the way for next generation of community gardeners in NYC. Students will learn firsthand from community gardeners throughout the five boroughs, who have years of expertise gardening. This is a great way for students to participate in their community, as well as learn new skills, like botany, composting, and agriculture. Through the Youth Leadership Councils, Green Thumb hopes to encourage students to continue participating in community gardens throughout their lives. This is an opportunity for students to gain access to new skills, new ideas, and possibly a new passion that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The Youth leadership Council requires students to attend a kickoff/training event in mid-April. They must complete 20 hours of service at specific community gardens and if they have completed the program they will graduate in August. College students will also have the opportunity to mentor NYC high school students as they prepare for college.

We want to expand and make the second year of the Youth Leadership Council bigger.  That is why I am asking to spread this information to a relevant audience. If there is a newsletter the school/organization sends out, it would be great if the Youth Leadership Council opportunity was included in it.

COLLEGE ONLINE APPLICATION (Deadline January 31, 2016)



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