Urban Core Teens Learning the Value of Going Green

Shown is Green Team Apprentice Victoria Jordan  and her mom Joyce Jordan.
Shown is Green Team Apprentice Victoria Jordan and her mom Joyce Jordan.

The Green Team Youth Corps a program composed of 17 teens ages 13-18 from Eastside and Springfield neighborhoods, connects inner-city teens with the environment. The teens recently hosted a Community Service Day to make improvements to the S-Line. Jacksonville’s S-Line is a 4.8-mile rails-to-trails multi-use path that connects seven urban neighborhoods. All but 1.8 miles is paved and bordered by green space. Their recent endeavors included planting native plants designed to remove oil, heavy metals and trash before the runoff makes its way to local tributaries. Volunteers also helped with fence painting and litter cleanup, bike rodeo and a bicycle helmet giveaways.
Each Green Team member is paid a stipend and earns community service hours. They will also have the opportunity for an all expense paid trip with other “green teens”.

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