Groundwork’s youth programs focus on educating all ages of young people through traditional classroom-style curriculum, service learning projects, job training and leadership development.
High School aged youth and older can take advantage of the Green Jobs programs like the Green Team or the National Park Preservers, and work to develop practical, personal, professional and civic skills through hands-on work and training in their own communities and public lands. We also have a robust Internship Program for area college students to get on-site experience working with a community-based non-profit.
Younger students can learn in the many Schoolyard Garden Classrooms around Somerville, or look forward to become a member of the Garden Youth Crew during summers after 6th-8th grade. We also offer exciting annual events and programs like the Canoemobile and the Maple Syrup Project.
The core of Groundwork Somerville’s mission is to educate the city’s children and youth about the environment. In our hands-on programs, children plant and harvest food, learning to make sensible choices for their own health and the health of the planet. While the youngest children learn about the role of worms in the garden ecosystem, middle graders learn about agricultural practices and their own food supply, and high schoolers and older learn on-the-job skills in environmental stewardship and civic advocacy. Groundwork is a key partner in Shape Up Somerville, a nationally recognized community-wide program that has reduced rates of childhood obesity in the city.
How can GWS Help You? Groundwork Somerville staff offer consulting services to neighboring communities hoping to create or improve their healthy education programming or infrastructure! Starting a new school or community garden? Looking for strategies for working with students outdoors? Want to enrich your children’s programming with garden or nature based activities? Or just build your own school garden or urban farm? Click here for more information about our consultation services.