Groundwork Anacostia recently hired two new Green Team Leaders. Please help us welcome Naomi Hawk and Cache’ Nance to our team. The ladies will help facilitate our after school Green Team program in our partner local high schools. Below are pictures of our Green Team leaders participating in a Dallas, Texas based trail building training.
We have launched a workforce development partnership with the River Terrace Education Campus. Starting in November 2015, we will provide on-the-job green industry skills training to 12 special needs youth. Skills will be provided on actual work sites throughout Ward 7 as well as within the youth’s classroom. To start, youth will lend a hand at the University of the District’s of Columbia’s East Capitol Urban Farm, raise wetlands plants with the Anacostia Watershed Society that they will later transfer to the Kenilworth marsh within the Anacostia River, and maintain and service three in-stream trash reduction devices known as “Bandalong Litter Traps” located in two sections of Watts branch. We are excited about this new program opportunity!
About the Green Team
The Green Team is one of Groundwork USA’s signature programs. Aimed at young adults, the participants receive instruction in conservation, environmental restoration, watershed restoration, park and trail management, community outreach and engagement, and cultural enrichment.
Our goal is to establish a partnership with area high schools to recruit and engage a Green Team of 10-12 students between the ages of 14-18. The Green Team members will work with local elementary schools to develop and implement a service learning project. Just as importantly, Green Team members will use the knowledge and skills they acquire to guide their peers and family in understanding their impacts on the improvement and sustainability of the Anacostia River, its tributaries, and the Anacostia River watershed.
There are currently Green Teams at four schools in the District of Columbia: Dunbar High School, River Terrace Education Campus, SEED Public Charter School and Washington Math and Science Public Charter School. We meet with our Green Team members once a week at each school and one Saturday a month for service learning projects away from the schools. Our meetings with River Terrace students occur daily during the day as we provide on-the-job environmental skills training to special needs youth enrolled in this program. We are working to build programming to Cesar Chavez (Parkside Campus) and H.D. Woodson high schools.
Below are images of the Dunbar group working on a composting exercise. This Green Team will design and install compost bins for use in local parks and urban gardens.