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Our workforce development program offers youth and adults the opportunity to steward the urban landscape while developing job skills to thrive in their careers.


The Green Teens program is one of the few paid urban forestry vocational skills training programs that provide opportunity and mentorship to youth in San Francisco, ages 16-19, who are interested in first-time work experience and pursuing careers in the environmental field.

Program Details

The Green Teens gain experience in tree care, tree planting, landscaping, and professional development. They also learn long-term employability and life skills, attending workshops in resume writing, financial literacy, sexual harassment prevention, and health and wellness.


We hold three sessions of the Green Teens program:

  • Fall Session: meets every Saturday from mid-September to mid-December.

  • Spring session: meets every Saturday, mid-February through mid-May.

  • Summer session: meets Wednesday-Saturday, from mid-June to mid-August.

Participants can join for up to two sessions, during which they earn performance-based promotions.

A typical workday may include:

  • Planting at community events.

  • Learning about and participating in our Tree Care program.

  • Meeting with professionals such as certified arborists and landscapers.

  • Field trips to places like Muir Woods and other outdoor experiences to deepen connections as stewards to the local environment.

We have worked with more than 900 youth since the program started in 1995.

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