A spring update from our teens

“I hope to spread awareness in my community about the importance of trees and how to make an impact.” – Melania

Our Teen Urban Tree Corps members have been busy doing great work this year! Thanks to the City of Boston’s SuccessLink program, we were able to hire three BPS students for our School Year Program. Participants meet for 8 – 10 hours a week after school, assisting SFTT on various projects while also learning about urban forestry and green careers.

Some of the projects planned for this group of TUTC participants include the development of a door-to-door outreach campaign for some of our upcoming events, planning for the 2023 Summer TUTC program, assisting with social media posts, and generating their own planting plans. As we get into the warmer months, they will have the opportunity to care for some street trees around Dorchester. They will also have opportunities to meet with career professionals and explore careers in the growing green economy.

“I am hoping to make an impact in my own community by working to improve Boston’s urban forest.” – James

So far, they have discussed the importance of urban trees, tree equity, and the value of conducting outreach and organizing in our communities. They have made great progress on developing a door hanger and flyers for some of our upcoming programs and events. But right now, the biggest project for them has been the planning of our first annual Teen Tree Summit. The summit will occur this summer and highlight the work of organizations doing great environmental work with youth in and around Boston. 

“I’m excited to return after working here last Summer and helping plan for next summer’s program.” – Chelsea

We have a busy, exciting year ahead of us and our TUTC team will play an important role in improving Boston’s Urban Forest. If you’re interested in hearing more about the work our TUTC teens are doing right now, reach out to our Education Coordinator Joshua Reed at joshua@treeboston.org or read more at our TUTC page.