About Urban Youth Corps
Greening Youth Foundation’s Urban Youth Corps (UYC) program has been in operation since 2014. UYC focuses on the professional, economic and character development of inner-city youth between the ages of 17 and 25 years old from challenging backgrounds. The youth enrolled in this program come from some of the most challenging neighborhoods in America. These youth receive training in the areas of conservation, urban agriculture, construction, financial literacy, cultural and societal awareness, professional development and entrepreneurship.
After the initial training that the youth receive, they are placed into crews of 5 and sent out to work on various projects over a year’s time. The projects are designed to not only help to develop the youth, but to also develop the communities that they are from. In addition to working on various conservation and green infrastructure projects, they also receive a personal mentor, life coaching, entrepreneurship training and career counseling. Additionally, the youth get paid $10-$11/hr for 40 hours per week throughout the entire program. The goal of the UYC program is to have 100% of all youth who graduate from the program to move on to either permanent employment, entrepreneurship or college enrollment.