L.A. youth learning about sustainable landscaping
Last week, several Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) participants started their hands-on internship hours with North East Trees, a community-based, grassroots, environmental non-profit organization that specializes in landscape improvement and habitat restoration projects throughout the LA region.

At Ascot Hills Park in El Sereno, the YSC participants learned about native plants and how to care for them, said EWDD Senior Project Assistant Juan Romero.

“These interns were amazing and they all have a green thumb!”

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about water irrigation, plant native seeds, and the importance of open space in our communities. EWDD purchased program t-shirts and work shoes for the interns, one of the many ways the YouthSource Centers provide support services to youth participants.

North East Trees is committed to returning urban areas to green landscapes. Their Youth Environmental Stewardship Program is a vocational training program that teaches at-risk young adults (ages 16-24) marketable skills in urban forestry and sustainable landscaping. This hands-on practical program aims to prepare the participants for entry level positions in the green industry.

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered to the young people of Los Angeles through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of April 19, 2021. Read this issue and more.