Since 2012, Friends of the High Line has offered job opportunities for more than 100 teens in cultural production, horticulture, and education. This year, we are excited to welcome a new cohort of 28 teen staff members who will be working in Green Council (formerly known as Green Corps) and Teen Arts & Culture Council (formerly known as Teen Arts Council).
Green Council members will learn about horticulture, work alongside High Line gardeners, collaborate with other youth on issues of food justice, and partner with organizations to care for green spaces. Teen Arts & Culture Council members will attend cultural events across the city and lead all aspects of producing two large-scale Teen Nights in the park. Last year more than 1,400 teens from all five boroughs attended these Teen Nights.
For the second year in a row, teen staff will also be supporting District 3's participatory budgeting process in partnership with Councilmember Corey Johnson's office. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Teen staff members are a part of a Youth Participatory Budgeting Committee where they collect ideas from the community and support the development of project proposals that will improve neighborhoods in District 3.
Both groups will log more than 4,500 combined hours with Friends of the High Line from February through August, gaining expertise in their fields, cultivating leadership skills, building professional networks, and forming relationships with other youth throughout the city.
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. 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.
TD Bank is a Supporting Sponsor of Green Council.