- For youth 18-29 years old
- 8-week intensive training ($300 weekly stipend)
- Includes Professional & Character Development
- Followed by full-time employment ($15-$20/hr)
- Must have a HS Diploma or GED
- Must be able to pass a drug test
GYFted stands for Greening Youth Foundation Trained Educated and Developed. The GYFted program is an intensive training program that has two tracts. The standard tract prepares youth for our 1-year Urban Youth Corps experience, while the GYFted Tree Care tract prepares youth to enter directly into the tree care industry.
The tree care industry is a very high demand, well-paying and rewarding field. However, it is not for everyone. One must be willing to work hard, get dirty, endure inclement weather, be punctual and work as a team. It also requires one to be in good physical shape and in good health. The GYFted Tree Care program is designed to ensure that youth are ready for this. Throughout the 8-week training, youth will learn the technical aspects of tree care, such as chainsaw operation, chipper operation, ground operation, etc., as well as soft skills such as professional development, financial literacy, health and nutrition, and character development. Throughout this process, youth are put on a regimen to ensure that they are in good physical health, which includes daily physical exercises as well as a healthy meal plan.