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Groundwork Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

Grants Awarded

Green Team Summer Program

Funding Type Restricted
Funding Total $115,000
Impact Area Equity and Justice
Years Funded 2008-2013

To support selected Bridgeport high school students to participate in the summer component of this landscape maintenance training and environmental restoration program for high risk youth. The program aims to keep youth in school, advance their life and job-readiness skills, increase their knowledge of healthy living, and prepare them for employment in the horticultural and other fields. The paid summer internships are part of a two-year, school-based horticulture program that provides youth with teaching and service learning opportunities, career exploration, financial literacy, college tours, and hands-on experience through projects designed to enhance public spaces, including school and community vegetable gardens, a national park, and hiking trails. Students develop a strong work ethic and leadership skills and learn how to be a member of a team.