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 350 adult Detroiters with new job skills. Additionally, we employ more than 150 young people to work on a variety of planting projects every summer.
Detroit Conservation Corps -- An 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.
Detroit’s real transformation will happen when its residents can find work that pays a living wage. The city still has a relatively high unemployment rate. But with more than 25 square miles of vacant land, opportunity knocks. More than 350 Detroiters have graduated from The Greening’s adult workforce training cohort since its inception five years ago. In 2015, the program became certified as a federal apprenticeship program through the U.S. Department of Labor.
As the city transforms its vacant land, The Greening is expanding its workforce training program to meet the growing demand for green services. A new partnership with Focus:HOPE and Neighborhood Services Organization, called The Detroit Conservation Corps (DCC), plans to eventually train more than 5,000 Detroiters in the skilled trades of landscape technicians, tree artisans, floral decor, urban agriculture, landscape construction, and urban forestry.
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 89,000 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.
By maintaining thousand of trees in 250 planting sites across the city, Corps members are investing energy and time in their communities, in 2015 our Green Corps watered more than 11,000 city trees, maintained and help 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 25 times over the course of the summer.
The Greening of Detroit doubled its Green Corps youth employment program in 2015, hiring more than 160 Detroit high school students to water and care for trees, work in gardens, mentor children in environmental stewardship, and learn valuable life lessons.
Corps members traveled to national forests, wildlife refuges, and the only minority-owned fruit farm in western Michigan. They learned about the ecosystem, climate change, and practical skills including fi nancial literacy, managing conflicts, work readiness, and successful teamwork. Ten of last year’s 14 graduating seniors went on to college with partial or full scholarships; several are studying environmental or agricultural disciplines.
This season's Green Corp application process is now closed. Good Luck to all who applied!
Urban Agriculture Adult 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.
We hire several farm apprentices every spring. our 2016 program is full
Parks and Greenways Program
The Greening maintains several Detroit parks and green ways throughout the city. We mow the grass, clean up the litter, trim trees and hedges, and make sure the green spaces are tidy and groomed. Each year we work with the neighborhood to appoint a Community Ambassador who helps develop programming for the parks for residents to enjoy and participate in.
Some of these events might be bird watching, tree identification, yoga, bike rides, movies and more! For more information on our Parks and Greenways Program click here or contact Lenzi at Labma@greeningofdetroit.com