Zion Bell, Zharia Bowles, & Treasure Harris clearing weeds to preserve the historic Tabby slave cabins on Kingsley Plantation.

Once again this summer, the Groundwork Jacksonville Green Team Youth Corps has been busy improving their neighborhood, learning new skills and becoming stewards of their environment. The teens have worked hard along the S-Line portion of the Emerald Trail, cleaning up trash, building a flagstone path and planting a pollinator garden. They also helped lime wash historic Tabby slave cabins at Kingsley Plantation and did trail maintenance on Exchange Club Island, located in the St. Johns River under the Mathews Bridge.

The Corps also had the opportunity to meet many interesting people while they learned about local history, STEAM careers, financial wellness, job seeking, resumes and interviewing, entrepreneurship, advocacy, landscape design, aquaponics and more. The program offered plenty of fun activities too like taking a boat ride, yoga, archery and kayaking.

According to Treasure Harris, a three-year Green Team veteran who enters 10th grade at Wolfson High School this year, her favorite part of the program is the people. “I have met so many people who have been very generous with their time and knowledge. They have really made an impact on me,” she said.

Although she originally wanted to become a chef, the program has her thinking about a different career path: psychology. She added, “Green Team has helped me to be more open to taking a leadership role. Some of the team members come to me for advice and I found that I really like being able to help people.”

James Miller and Kanye Tompkins clearing the trash dam along the Payne Ave section of the S-Line.

While the 2019 Summer Apprenticeship has concluded, several of the youth continue to be involved in Green Team as year-round Fellows.  Special thanks to our Green Team sponsors, Kids Hope Alliance, a generous community supporter, Lucky’s Market Oakleaf and TD Arbor Day Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2019 Green Team Youth Corps:

Bertram Alford, grade 9 – Paxon School for Advanced Studies

Bertrise Alford, grade 10 – Paxon School for Advanced Studies

Shelly Banks, grade 10 – Robert E. Lee

Zion Bell, grade 10 – Andrew Jackson

Zharia Bowles, grade 10 – Robert E. Lee

Cedrick Burton, grade 11 – Robert E. Lee

Isaac Edwards, grade 9 – Robert E Lee

Dinah Frazier, grade 10 – Edward White High School

Jayden Glover, grade 8 – GRASP Academy

Treasure Harris, grade 10 – Samuel W. Wolfson

Ella Humphries, grade 11- Stanton College Prep

Coleson Marchy, grade 8 – Julia Landon College Prep

James Miller, grade 9 – Andrew Jackson

Unity Morgan, grade 10 – PACE Center for Girls

George Peterson, grade 9 – Robert E. Lee

Tatiyana Peterson, grade 11 – Robert E. Lee

Kenard Robinson, grade 11 – Jean Ribault High School

Josiah Stroman, grade 11 – William M. Raines High School

Kanye Tompkins, grade 8 – Northwestern Middle

Ariel Tompkins, grade 9 – Jean Ribault High School

Adonis Turner, grade 8 – Guardian Catholic School

Lavar Wright, grade 12 – Moved out of state