The Green Team

Youth Jobs and Environmental Stewardship

“Before I joined the Green Team, Hyde Park was just a place where I lived, now it is home”
“The environment needs some help and the people in the community need to be the ones to help.”
“At the end, when we made Sherrin Woods better, it made me proud, and it made me want to do more.”

The Green Team is a job readiness and environmental stewardship program that has engaged over 125 youth since 2009. The team spends about 70% of their time on neighborhood and urban wild work projects and 30% of time on job readiness training and environmental education.

Green Team Crew Members – smiling proudly in front of their newly constructed trail head at Sherrin Woods Urban Wild

Our model is place-based – we hire youth from the community to work in the community. Green Team youth develop leadership skills; a sense of responsibility for their community; knowledge and interest in the natural environment and a range of job readiness and life skills. Through the program youth gain confidence in themselves as leaders, and adults see them in a positive light. Our youth get to know the community’s assets and become committed to preserving them.

In partnership with the Boston Parks & Recreation Department the Green Team has improved the health and accessibility of 7 local Urban Wilds. Our novel Goatscaping project during 2014 and 2015 at West Street Urban Wild was the first of its kind in Boston.  Read more about the Green Team’s projects… 

Our 2016 Green Team was a great group who continued preservation projects at Sherrin Woods, West Street and Deforest Urban Wilds. The 2017 Green Team will continue restoration work in the local urban wilds and will  also engage in an intergenerational project! With technical support from a pro bono landscape architect, youth will plan and build a garden with seniors at the Riley House in a vacant courtyard on that property.

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The Green Team is funded in part by:

Blue Hills Bank Foundation

Paul and Edith Babson Foundation

Dedham Institute for Savings Foundation

Brookline Bank Charitable Foundation