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Here is a story about one of our Green Team youth participants and why our programming matters:
"Nohelia joined in 2015 as she searched for weekend activities during her freshman year of high school. During an in-school presentation, she stumbled upon Groundwork Dallas and learned about their vision of the Elm Fork Greenbelt as a place of limitless recreation and education. Nohelia is unsure what the future holds but cannot deny that the Green Team has impacted her view of the world. Until joining the Green Team, she was unaware of the problems that plagued the local environment and the global impact it could have. Since then, Nohelia has been determined to encourage family members to stop littering and take notice of the ecosystem.
Nohelia has assisted Groundwork in the maintenance of Hines Park and the creation of the newly slated Fraiser Dam Recreational Area. She works relentlessly to create trails, clear the forest of trash and debris, and assist with the installation of benches and viewing decks. She works to bring a slice of the National Parks back to her community, so her parents and younger sibling may witness the wonder she has experienced.
A major component of the Green Team program is to educate Dallas youth both in the classroom and the outdoors about the urban ecosystem. Groundwork Dallas assists high school science teachers in the Dallas Independent School District by providing hands-on, supplementary education. Another focus of the Green Team is to encourage youth to become changemakers within their communities. Youth like Nohelia who participate in the Green Team Program take their experiences and lessons sharing them with family and friends helping to spread the message of environmental stewardship."