Greenwich teens spruce up Bible Street Park

Twenty-eight Greenwich teens and 84 others chose to spend two weeks of their summer working with the Greenwich Youth Conservation Program (GYCP) to help plant trees in Bible Street Park. In the coming days, they’ll be off somewhere else in town, perhaps removing invasive vines at the beach or planting a flower garden in a traffic island.   

GYCP-Sponsor-Day-Planting-treeThe Greenwich Youth Conservation Program (GYCP) is a public-private partnership that has grown dramatically in size since its founding 38 years ago. The GYCP now gives 112 local 14-15 year olds the unique opportunity to foster “a greener Greenwich” while learning practical job skills that will benefit them for years to come. The GYCP is administered by the Greenwich Departments of Social Services and Parks and Recreation, with visiting guest speakers who share their expertise on topics such as local environmental issues, employment skills and community resources. Sponsors and private donors make it possible for each teen to receive what is likely a first paycheck for their work.

GYCp-Sponsor-Day-Diggling-hole-for-treeA number of supporters came to Bible Street Park today to see the GYCP teens in action. “It’s great to support the Greenwich Youth Conservation Program, not only because we’re giving back, but because we really believe in what it does for the teens,” said Alison Allen of The Resource Foundation, Inc., which provides major funding for the GYCP. Dinora Hernandez, a former participant and now GYCP supervisor, whole-heartedly agreed. “The participants not only get a chance to meet teens from all over town, they learn teamwork and other skills to help them create future success,” she said.

In addition to The Resource Foundation, other sponsors include: Fire House Deli, Garden Catering, Whole Foods of Greenwich, Chilly Bear and many private donors.

GYCP-Sponsor-Day-Planting-tree-3I love seeing our ‘Teens Working for a Greener Greenwich’ signs around town,” said Program Director Christina Nappi. “People should know about the great work our young people are doing.”

The GYCP is a non-profit public-private partnership of the Greenwich Department of Social Services and Parks and Recreation, Greenwich Green & Clean and private donors, all committed to developing the potential of young Greenwich teens. For more information, contact Christina Nappi, Program Director, at 203-622-7792 or [email protected]GreenwichCT.org.

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