The Greening of Detroit

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The Greening of Detroit focuses on enhancing the quality of life for Detroit residents by planting trees, providing job training, and offering youth education on the natural environment. The nonprofit has planted more than 130,000 trees in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park since 1989 and continues to plant along streets and within parks. Since 2014, it has provided eight-week landscape and tree artisan certification classes through the U.S. Department of Labor, along with job readiness skills and financial literacy to Detroit residents who face barriers to employment. More than 20 years ago, the organization started its Green Corps summer youth program, a paid urban forestry vocational program. Green Corps participants also receive help writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing experience, ACT and SAT preparation, financial literacy, and nutrition information. The organization is beginning to open fall tree planting volunteer opportunities in limited group sizes.

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