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Trees Atlanta Launches Youth Tree Team

February 15, 2016

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New for summer 2016 is the Youth Tree Team. Trees Atlanta will employ high school students at $8 an hour to work on the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. The program is based on a successful ten-year model from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

The idea is to bring together students who attend different schools but who share interests in trees and the environment. The Trees Atlanta staff is targeting the high schools along the BeltLine—Grady, Booker T. Washington, and Maynard Jackson—by reaching out to counselors and science teachers at those schools.  The Youth Tree Team offers a great opportunity for 9th-12th graders to learn tree identification, tree care, and prairie restoration and management. Working with new friends from different schools, the team members will develop leadership skills, as well as environmental knowledge. One day each week will be spent in an enrichment activity with community leaders, and there will be regular lunch-and-learn sessions with field professionals.

What a great way to spend the summer: outdoors every day, doing meaningful work that benefits the city, going on field trips, making new friends, and earning money at the same time. And Trees Atlanta benefits by investing in future stewards of our trees.

Encourage the high school students you know to apply right away. The online application will be followed by a challenge day, tree planting, and an interview to select the candidates. The process will be very competitive: there are only eight positions available to be chosen from a maximum of 100 applications.

Click here to learn more and apply today!Teamwork on the BeltLine

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