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Teens

We offer paid job opportunities for local youth (ages 15 to 19) in arts and social justice, urban gardening and food justice, cultural event production, civic participation, and neighborhood engagement. Teens gain professional skills and hands-on experience as critical practitioners, while meeting other teens in public spaces throughout the city.

We offer paid job opportunities for local youth (ages 15 to 19) in arts and social justice, urban gardening and food justice, cultural event production, civic participation, and neighborhood engagement. Teens gain professional skills and hands-on experience as critical practitioners, while meeting other teens in public spaces throughout the city.

About High Line Teens

We hire teens who have relationships with the neighborhoods surrounding the park, and who either attend schools in the area or live nearby. Our teen staff together work more than 4,500 hours a year through our three hiring programs: Green Council, Teen Arts & Culture Council, and Youth Participatory Budgeting Committee. We also provide ongoing mentorship and networking support to our alumni.

You can follow High Line Teens on Instagram.

To learn about getting involved, contact us at teens@thehighline.org.

Green Council

Each year, we hire a group of 14 local teens to work in horticulture, community gardening, and food justice. During the six-month program, teens gain hands-on experience as they learn about plant science, work with gardeners to tend the park, and collaborate with neighborhood partners to revitalize community gardens in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. The Green Council also works with other teens throughout the city through the Youth Food Justice Network, to produce events that address environmental racism and food access.

Blog post: Learning to be the Next Generation of Urban Gardeners

Teen Arts & Culture Council

This group of local youth produce public programs at the High Line, combining arts, culture, and social justice. These teen staff members spend more than six months thinking critically about power and cultural production, attending events across the city for inspiration, and working in teams to develop their own programs and events—which bring together more than 1,500 teens from across the city.

Blog post: A Teen Night Wanderland

Youth Participatory Budgeting Committee

As part of the High Line’s partnership with Speaker Corey Johnson to lead Participatory Budgeting efforts in New York City Council District 3, our committee of paid teen staff lead this important and innovative civic engagement process. Working in partnership with Speaker Johnson’s team, these teens (including middle-school as well as high-school members) support all aspects of the process while learning about neighborhood engagement.

Alumni Network

We provide ongoing professional development workshops, networking events, family nights, and other opportunities for our 120+ teen alumni, as well as their friends and families. Alumni have helped shape the High Line’s programmatic landscape through family programs, participatory budgeting, public programs on the park, and fairs and festivals. We are committed to providing support as our alumni build their futures and create change in their communities.

'' It was great being able to meet individuals with different perspectives on life. Regardless of their contrasts, each point of view is valid. The most important advice I received was that I shouldn't hold too tightly to an idea, but be free moving with it. Things and ideas come and go, non-resistance will lead to more happiness.'

— Leala, Teen Arts & Culture Council

Support

Lead support for High Line Teens comes from Jamie and Jeffrey Harris. Major support is provided by Lynne Waxman Foundation—Jessica Davis and Sandy Klein. Program support comes from The Palette Fund, Sarah Min and Matt Pincus, and Merck Family Fund. Program support for Green Council is provided by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. High Line Teens is also supported with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council—with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson and the Greener NYC Initiative.