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Youth Education and Employment Initiatives
Through its education, community service and job training programs for Lawrence youth, Groundwork Lawrence cultivates respect for the environment, social awareness and healthy behavior, preparing young people to be positive role models and future leaders in their community.
The Groundwork Lawrence Green Team is a year-round program that offers part-time, paid employment for 10 Lawrence high school students each year. Members learn about and lead local environmental and healthy community initiatives, conduct research, raise awareness, challenge their peers to do community service and participate in hands-on improvement projects throughout the city. The program is intended to promote the protection and restoration of Lawrence’s critical ecological systems, natural resources and public health by engaging teens in advocacy and service-learning focused on the community’s parks, streets, gardens, waterways and vacant open spaces. The Green Team program has dual goals: to prepare Lawrence’s youth for a lifetime of environmental and healthy community leadership, and to invest in Lawrence’s future capacity to improve its physical environment.
Groundwork Lawrence aims to cultivate healthy habits at a young age with schoolyard garden programming that promotes healthy eating, fitness and environmental awareness. In collaboration with administrators and faculty at local elementary and middle schools, Groundwork, in partnership with Mass Audubon, is creating a “seed-to-harvest” schoolyard garden curriculum that takes place after school within the growing season. We currently operate schoolyard garden programs at the Leonard and South Lawrence East Middle Schools, with plans for future programming at Arlington School and Tarbox elementary School.
Please contact Anna or call her at (978) 974-0770 ex 4 with any questions regarding any of our youth programs.