January is a great time to reflect on the previous year and to take stock of accomplishments. 2013 was a productive year for our youth programs. During these cold days of winter, we can take think back to the exciting, busy days of spring, summer and fall to get inspired for the year ahead. Below is a list of numbers, pictures and anecdotes that capture some of the highlights of 2013. Enjoy!
For the 6th year in a row, the youth programs at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which includes Green Team (summer) and the Youth Leadership Program (academic year), have successfully engaged Boston and Brookline youth in park stewardship through completing important projects in the historic Emerald Necklace park system.
44 The number of youth who took part in our youth programs in 2013.
In the past six weeks I have experienced and learned many new things. We learned about invasive species such as Oriental Bittersweet and how to remove them properly. Not only did we learn new things we also had fun while working. Judy speaking about her experience on Green Team.
The Youth Leadership Program has trained over 12 youth throughout the past year, 3 of whom have matriculated on to becoming Assistant Crew Leaders for Green Team.
We are all here to make a difference in the world. We make a visible difference when we change how the environment looks. Picking up trash, removing invasive species, weeding and pruning, creates cleaner, more beautiful parks. We also made a difference that cannot be seen. We built new bonds and confidence in each other. These friendships made a huge impact on my life. And looking around, I’m sure I’m not the only one. Rory, speaking about his experience in Green Team.
2,800 The number of worker hours completed in Emerald Necklace by our youth programs in 2013.
5 The total number of outdoor field trips our youth have participated in. Field trips included canoeing at Ponkapoag Pond in the Blue Hills and cross country skiing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
And, with that, we all have plenty to look forward to in 2014!