Green Team Conservation Corps (GTCC) just finished up its fourth week project which took place at the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ facilities at Whispering Cedars. Youths worked to remove debris and privet from the site of a future trail system.
We took some time to check in with our Youth Leaders, Hillary and Cristian, to talk to them about their background, why they wanted to be a part of GTCC, and their experiences so far.
"I recently graduated this past May with a Bachelor's in Biology, concentrating in Marine Biology, from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.
I applied for this job because it was something new for me. I was marine focused in college but this job is more about trail work which is something I wanted to learn more about. I also have the opportunity to give advice and teach students who are interested in biology about what college may be like.
The things I enjoy most are being outdoors, always being active, and every day is something new. I never wanted to be sitting in a desk so this job is perfect for being on my feet.
I'll be honest and say that being at work at 6:30am was hard for the first week. After that being up so early was easy because I enjoyed being there every day.
I hope that at the end of the conservation corps program every student enjoyed it and will remember their experiences as they move on to bigger and better things."
“I went to Williams Preparatory for middle school and high school and attended a private Catholic school for pre-k and kindergarten. My ethnicity is Mexican and I identify myself as Mexican American. I was raised by a single mother and I have 2 sisters.
I wanted this job because I was already familiar with Groundwork Dallas. I have volunteered since my freshman year of high school. I love being in the outdoors, so when I was presented with this opportunity to work for Groundwork I knew that I would enjoy being a youth leader.
The parts that are the most enjoyable is when I’m out in the field working with the youth because there are moments where I am able to see team work and communication.
The most challenging thing is the Texas heat! And poison ivy and getting bitten by mosquitoes.
My goal by the end of this program is to learn how to be a better leader for future jobs and in everyday life.”