A group is working to grow the green workforce by focusing on teens from historically marginalized communities.
The group is called the St. Louis Green Teen Alliance. It grows the green workforce by providing paid summer jobs.
“It is important to us to open them up to a wide variety of careers in St. Louis and to show them ‘hey if you’re interested in science, interested in solving problems, in growing food, that there are many options for you,” said Carolyn Cosgrove, the program’s coordinator.
One of the 100 teens involved is employee Gabby Burk. She is spending the summer before her senior year of high school learning about leaves, all while exploring a possible career.
“I hope this can lead me into more opportunities to work outside and work in different environments like this and to learn more in the ecosystems around St. Louis,” said Burk.
A number of organizations such as the Missouri Botanical Garden are involved.
“Diversity is important to us because it brings energy from diversity. We learn new things that give us energy to go out and learn on our own to become lifelong learners,” said Nelson Curran, a youth and community instructor at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
The program doubled in size in 2017, its third year of existence.
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