Youth Conservation Program looks for summer help

Teens age 14 to 15 years old can apply for a unique first job opportunity at the Greenwich Youth Conservation Program (GYCP) this summer.

Those participating in the  program will learn teamwork and practical employment skills while enhancing the town’s environment. GYCP teens will participate in two-week work sessions from June 23 to Aug. 15. Participants will plant gardens, remove invasive vegetation and help maintain Greenwich parks and properties. During breaks, guest speakers will share their knowledge on variety of subjects including developing marketable job skills.

Personnel from the Greenwich Department of Social Services and Parks and Recreation, along with conservation professionals who have donated their time for program planning, will supervise and administer the program. Participants will receive a $225 stipend for their work, made possible by private donors and sponsors.

A job with the GYCP is highly sought after by teens with far more applicants each year than available spaces. In 2013, the program was able to expand from 72 to 112 participants thanks to an increase in private donations. The expanded program was highly successful and will continue for 2014, which marks the GYCP’s 36th year.

The GYCP is a non-profit public-private partnership of the Greenwich Department of Social Services and Parks and Recreation, the Greenwich Conservation Commission, Greenwich Green & Clean and private donors and sponsors, all committed to developing the potential of young Greenwich teens.

All Greenwich residents ages 14 to 15 are eligible to apply. Public school students may obtain application forms from the Guidance Departments of all public middle schools or from the Greenwich High School Career Center. Private school students may obtain application forms from Program Director Christina Nappi in the Department of Social Services at Town Hall. The deadline for applications is April 30.

To learn more about the GYCP, contact Christina Nappi, Program Director, at 203-622-7792 or  [email protected]

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