Groundwork Denver’s Green Team is our corps of youth environmentalists, acting as the organization’s task force to implement projects to improve Denver’s urban environment.
The principal goals of the Green Team are:
- Preparing youth for educational and career success.
- Engaging youth in solving environmental and community issues.
- Encouraging youth to become engaged members of the community.
- Providing youth employment, especially in “green” sector jobs.
- Demonstrating alternative career pathways in fields like natural resource and wildlife management, as well as lab and field sciences.
“Groundwork Denver has transformed me and my future, allowing me to become a compassionate person and active leader.”
~ Sadot C., Green Team Member
More About the Green Team
The youth members of the Green Team are employed year-round to work on a variety of projects including building community gardens, farming at Denver Public Schools, improving local parks, repairing bicycles for neighborhood residents, working on natural resource projects on federally protected land, and educating the community on water quality and lead poisoning.
The Green Team attracts and engages youth that typically don’t participate in service programs, in part due to the need to earn money that supplements family income. By offering competitive wages and a meaningful work experiences, we successfully get low-income youth involved in environmental action and responsibility.
Promoting personal health and community well-being is also very important to the work that the Green Team does. Green Team members serve as community champions, taking and leading action in their communities, riding bicycles to work locations in the Denver area, and conducting outreach and education to other youth and adults in their own communities.
When the Green Team works on projects, they are building cross-cultural bridges by uniting a group of diverse youth to work as a team and transcend the goals and mission of Groundwork Denver to the communities where they work.
The Blue Team
The newest branch of our youth programming, The Blue Team, focuses on youth employment and development through work in the Lower Bear Creek Watershed. The Blue Team employs youth from the City of Sheridan to engage in stewardship of the Lower Bear Creek, conduct water quality sampling and investigation, and engage in community outreach.