Adult Workforce Development
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.
Detroit’s real transformation will happen when its residents can find work that pays a living wage. More than 350 Detroiters 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.
The Greening expanded its workforce training program in 2016 to meet the growing demand for green services. The Detroit Conservation Corps (DCC) is a partnership with Focus:HOPE and Neighborhood Services Organization, and is expected to eventually train more than 2,500 Detroiters in the skilled trades of landscape technicians, tree artisans, floral decor, urban agriculture, landscape construction, and urban forestry.
The Greening of Detroit has planted more than 90,000 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, grow food at Detroit Public Schools and our own urban farms, and maintain city parks and greenways.
Green Corps members invest time and energy in their communities, learn to become environmental stewards by watering trees, cleaning up green spaces, planting, weeding and harvesting crops at school and farm gardens. They learn about green careers and a variety of life skills along the way.