Background of Organization
Groundwork Dallas’ mission is to regenerate, sustain, and improve the Dallas Elm Fork Greenbelt and Great Trinity Forest by developing community-based partnerships that educate and empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental stewardship. Everyone deserves a green, healthy, and resilient environment.
We focus our programming around two complementary activities: green space development and hands-on youth environmental education. The Trinity River, Great Trinity Forest, and Trinity Greenbelt have been the main focus of our efforts to provide residents with national park quality recreation areas. We also utilize these spaces as outdoor classrooms for conducting youth environmental education and providing teens with service opportunities.
Our key accomplishments in the past two years include removing 130,000 lbs. of trash, tires, and debris from the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, Trinity River Greenbelt, and Great Trinity Forest with the support of over 6,000 service hours from volunteers and our Green Team youths. We have also improved these areas for recreation by building soft-surface trails, park benches, a wildlife observation deck, and a rock garden for erosion control. Over that same two-year period, we engaged over 150 youth in these projects.
Background of Project
Last summer we launched our summer youth employment program called Green Team Conservation Corps. This 7-week, paid summer program enabled homeless, low-income, and underserved youths to earn much-needed income while engaging in environmental projects from trail building to habitat restoration. Many of these youths must work in the summer to cover their basic needs and purchase school clothing and supplies. Green Team Conservation Corps allows them to continue their environmental education while providing them with a viable option for meeting their financial needs. Fourteen youths completed the program in 2018, and we are targeting an additional 14 youths for the summer of 2019.
In 2018, youth worked on projects that included installing the tread for a bridge connecting two trails, removing invasive privet, litter and debris removal, hosting an educational program at the Dallas Zoo, and trail building. Youth work under the supervision of Groundwork Dallas staff who have significant experience and knowledge in this work.
Youths work for 30 hours each week: 8 hours per day from Tuesday – Thursday, and 6 hours on Friday.
The program will run from June 18 to August 2.
For additional information or to submit your project request please review our survey page here.
Proposals due March 29, 2019, please email GreenTeam@groundworkdallas.org if you have any questions.