Our passion is to help Detroit grow and flourish for a greener tomorrow. By revitalizing urban gardens, restoring and beautifying local neighborhoods and providing Detroiters with job skills through training programs, we can achieve these goals. It all begins with our programs and people.
We take an active role in training Detroit youth and adults for GREEN jobs in forestry, agriculture and landscaping. Our workforce development program has provided more than 240 adult Detroiters with new job skills. Additionally, we employ more than 100 young people to work on a variety of planting projects every summer.
Adult Workforce Development Training
In some Detroit neighborhoods, the unemployment rate is well above the national average. We are trying to change that by providing unemployed Detroiters with valuable job training and certification in the green industry. To date, more than 80 percent of our graduates found employment after completing our training program.
The Greening’s workforce training initiative is a registered apprenticeship program through the U.S. Department of Labor. Each training session is eight weeks, 32 hours per week. Participants are trained in landscape technician and safety skills, and most become certified in CPR and first aid. Upon completion of the program, graduates have the opportunity to take The Greening of Detroit’s landscape exam and earn the landscape industry certification through the state of Michigan.
In order to apply, you must be a resident of Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park. Please fill out our form to get more information.
Green Corps Youth Employment Program
"THE GREENING HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE AND HAS GIVEN ME THE KNOWLEDGE TO INFLUENCE OTHERS. I NOW KNOW THAT TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT RELIES ON OUR EFFORTS TO BE STEWARDS. WE DO THE MOST DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT WITH AIR POLLUTION, TREE REMOVAL AND CONSTANT LITTERING."
– CYRUS SANDERS, GREEN CORPS MEMBER
The Greening of Detroit has planted more than 85,000 trees since we started putting shovels in the ground back in 1989. As the scope of our work increased, we needed help caring for the newly planted trees. In 1998, we created The Green Corps program, which allows us to hire high school students from Detroit each summer to help us water trees and maintain city parks and greenways.
The Green Corps program has collectively employed more than 1,600 Detroit youth since its inception. By maintaining thousands of trees in 250 planting sites across the city, Corps members are investing energy and time in their communities. In 2014, our Green Corps watered more than 12,000 city trees; maintained and helped clean up green spaces like parks and greenways; and planted, weeded, and harvested crops at the Greening's farm gardens. Each tree site was visited an average of 25 times over the course of the summer.
Green Corps members also participate in experiential learning throughout the summer to enhance their knowledge and broaden their worlds. These include workshops in resume writing, financial literacy and conflict resolution, along with a green career and college fair and field trips to state parks to enjoy the great outdoors.
The next Green Corps Youth Employment Program will begin accepting applications in early spring 2015. If you're interested in the program, please fill out our form and we'll get in touch with you once more information becomes available.
Urban Agriculture Adult Apprenticeship Program
Adults interested in learning about urban farming and managing a small-scale production farm can apply for The Greening’s 22-week apprenticeship program. Apprentices learn all aspects of farming and assist at The Greening’s three farm gardens with planting, weeding, harvesting, and general farm maintenance. Applications for next season will be available in early spring 2015.
If you’re interested in the program, please fill out our form and we’ll get in touch with you once more information becomes available.