Green jobs aren’t just for grown ups. Teens in the Detroit area are spending the summer learning more about environmental stewardship and leadership as part of the Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC). Eighty students from local public high schools are working through the CLC program, which is sponsored by Johnson Controls, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and The Greening of Detroit. At a time when unemployment rates in the Detroit area are in the double digits, these teens are gaining valuable skills to help prepare them for the green jobs of the future.
The CLC program in Detroit is in its third year. The teens recently began their six-week program and will work on several projects including new trail development and maintenance, outdoor classroom construction, native planting and removal of invasive plant species, and more. The students will be working at several locations throughout the city, including local parks and school campuses.
In addition to the job skills training, the participants in the program will also receive training in resume writing, interview skills, and personal finance. Some employees of Johnson Controls will also host the students for a professional development day. During the professional development day, CLC participants will learn more about Johnson Controls’ business units as well as how sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable resources are an important part of doing business.
Although the program is only in its third year, several hundred applications were received. In addition to the application, interested students needed to participate in a month-long tryout process and ultimately 80 students were chosen for this valuable learning opportunity.