Rolling up Their Sleeves

New trees in Binney and Bruce parks



GYCP volunteers cleaning up damage from Hurricane Sandy at Sachem Nature Preserve

New trees in Binney and Bruce parks, spruced up trails at the Sachem Nature Preserve and the landscaping at the New Lebanon School all have something beautiful in common. They are among the many green spaces around town that have benefitted from the teenage helping hands of the Greenwich Youth Conservation Program.

About to launch its 36th season, the GYCP is a nonprofit public-private partnership supported by Greenwich Clean and Green in cooperation with the town’s Social Services and Parks and Recreation departments. It offers Greenwich fourteen-and fifteen-year-olds a chance to dig into supervised landscaping projects during four, two-week summer sessions.

The program has become so popular since it was conceived by former DSS staffer and longtime Greenwich resident Anne Egbert, it often has waiting lists, says Program Director Christina Nappi. It recently expanded from seventy-two to 112 openings.

That’s good news since being selected naturally sprouts many benefits, including the valuable experience of hard work.

Besides earning a $225 stipend, “for some kids, it’s their first job,” says Nappi, who notes participants represent a diverse cross-section of public and private school students. “It’s sometimes difficult for kids this age to find things to do in the summer, but this is something that gives them a sense of accomplishment while doing something

Applications for the 2014 GYCP program are available beginning in April. For more information contact Christina.Nappi@GreenwichCt.org.

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