Friends of the High Line's teen programs offer paid job opportunities for local youth ages 14 to 19 in cultural event production, horticulture, informal education, and civic participation. In the past three years, this work has developed into three distinct program areas: Green Council, Teen Arts Council, and Youth Corps.
Led by our educators, this paid education and job-training program offers local teens hands-on experience in horticulture and green jobs. For six months, teens attend workshops in environmental stewardship–working with gardeners to weed, prune, and tend the park's landscape; and revitalize local community gardens in Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Learn more about Green Corps on our blog.
The Teen Arts Council (TAC) is a paid education and job-training program composed of local teens who design, plan, and produce two large-scale events on the High Line each summer. Teens spend six months meeting with cultural producers, attending cultural events across the city, and working in teams to develop their own programs from start to finish – including selection of talent, marketing, outreach, and event production. Learn more about Teen Arts Council on our blog.
The Youth Corps is a partnership with local community center Hudson Guild. Each summer, three to five teens from the Guild’s POWER UP program spend two months assisting High Line Educators in facilitating weekly drop-in kids activities at the High Line, and representing Friends of the High Line at local fairs and events.
High Line Youth—part of High Line Community Engagement—is generously supported by Ford Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation and Merck Family Fund. High Line Youth is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council—with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson and the Greener NYC Initiative.