Fostering the Next Generation of Community Leaders
Groundwork Elizabeth believes our youth have the potential to become the next generation of leaders in our community.
Over a decade ago, we began working in youth development by creating the Groundwork Elizabeth Green Team Program. Since then we have educated, invested, touched and employed hundreds of diverse youth, providing platforms for young people to effect change in themselves as they work to understand, improve and advocate for natural environments where they live, and in our society as a whole. Many who have gone through our Green Team program have gone on to roles in non-profits and the private sector.
In addition to our Green Team Program, we work with youth in other developmental programs including the Mayors Youth Council, HACE Heat in partnership with The Housing Authority City of Elizabeth and NJ Youth Corps.
- Volunteer opportunities
- Education in Green Infrastructure and Urban Agriculture
- Intergenerational activities with Seniors
- Paid Summer instructional programs.
- Elizabeth and Union County host a great assortment of Youth programs and by recognizing and working with them, the impact for the community is leveraged.
Featured Youth Development Programs
The Groundwork Elizabeth Green Team was founded over a decade ago and, since then, the program has educated, invested, and employed hundreds of diverse youth, providing platforms for young people to effect change in themselves as they work to understand, improve and advocate for natural environments where they live, and in our society as a …
In 2020, Groundwork Elizabeth was one of only 6 organizations spread across the US to be awarded a Civic Spring: Giving Youth a Voice Program grant by the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, to fund a program to give our Youth a voice in decisions which are made in our community. The Civic Spring Initiative …