Led by High Line Educators, Green Corps is an education and job-training program that offers local teens hands-on experience in horticulture and green jobs. For six and a half months, teens: learn about plant science, horticultural practices, green professions, food justice, and other green community projects in NYC; work side-by-side High Line Gardeners to weed, prune, and tend the park's landscape; and collaborate with partners to revitalize local community gardens in Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and beyond.
On August 20th, Green Corps dedicated a day to celebrate and appreciate all the work we have accomplished. We invited the organizations and people we have worked with over the past six and a half months. During this celebration, we received awards according to our individual strengths.
When it was time for us as leaders to get our certificates, they were presented by our educator, Emma. Our awards were chosen by other Green Corps members and vice versa. This moment meant so much to all of us. It showed how much we accomplished! We felt a true sense of joy that we completed the program strongly and impacted Green Corps members and other teens we met. It was truly a very memorable moment for us as Green Corps Leaders.
After the giving the awards out to the members of Green Corp, we then moved on to the main event – our seeding activity. The activity displayed the work we do in the simplest form in order to teach the people that came. Every time, we were approached with a question it felt empowering that we knew the answer to it. It was also nice to see how excited everyone was to plant their own plants.
Below are some highlights of all the things we accomplished this year:
- Attended 6 conferences and completed over 15 hours of tabling at various events including: Brooklyn Botanic Garden's "Making Brooklyn Bloom," Green Guerillas' Annual Meeting, the Just Food conference, Green Thumb's "GrowTogether," and
- "NYCHA Grow's with its Gardeners" conference.
- Collaborated with youth from EcoStation:NY, Added Value, East New York Farms, and The Children's Aid Society to organize the first-ever Northeast Regional Youth Food Justice Summit. Held at East New York Farms in Brooklyn, this event was completely led and organized by youth.
- Completed over 80 hours of learning on horticultural practices, botany, soil science, plant identification, history of The High Line, history of green professions, other green and community projects in NYC, food justice, and more!
- Collectively completed over 720 hours of community-based service learning for 6 weeks in partnership with PS 33, Cultivate HKNY and TreesNY.
Being part of Green Corps was awesome. It was a great opportunity to work and celebrate together. We are grateful to our community partners for inviting us to work at their green spaces. Thank you to all of our supporters for believing in us!
High Line Teen programs – part of High Line Community Engagement – are generously supported by the Ford Foundation.
TD Bank is a Supporting Sponsor of Green Corps. Major Support is provided by the Alcoa Foundation. Additional funding for Green Corps is provided by The Palette Fund.