Most youth in the City of Detroit are exposed to an unhealthy natural environment, and therefore do not understand the scientific, social, economic and health impacts of environmental issues. Many youth currently lack an appreciation for the environment, and do not have a voice in the civic process. We believe this is primarily due to a lack of knowledge regarding civic responsibilities, the skill set to advocate for social change, but most importantly, a connection to the natural environment.
From June through August, the GREEN Corp Interns (age 16-24) experience healthy environments, discuss the comparisons and identify critical issues. As the interns become leaders, they have the opportunity to mentor others. The interns teach an environmental curriculum known as FLOWW (Food, Land Ozone, Water and Waste) to middle school age youth, and the interns engage the community to advocate for change in conjunction with service learning projects. During the school year, interns facilitate afterschool programs one to two times per week.
As a result of the program, GREENCorp interns take the knowledge they have gained to implement more environmentally friendly projects at school , in their communities and in their own lives.