Green Jobs- Part III: From Incarceration or Probation to Employment

May 6, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT
National Webcast
City neighborhoods with the highest levels of crime and unemployment often also have the fewest trees and least green space. Green jobs training programs developed in accordance with the needs of struggling communities can be part of a solution to these issues. Programs for teaching and employing formerly incarcerated youth and adults in the growing green economy can help reduce social and economic imbalances while also cleaning and greening our cities.

Downloadable Resources:
Green Jobs Resource List
B.J. Cordova, Director of Programs, Trees for Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
In 2009 Trees for Tucson initiated a new juvenile probation landscape maintenance program. Individuals under 18 years of age are selected to participate in the program by their probation officers. The eight-week curriculum invites professionals including horticulturists, arborists, and justice system employees to present to participants during one four-hour session each week. The program was developed in partnership with Pima County Extension Services, Pima County Parks, and the University of Arizona.
Annette Williams, B.E.ST. Director, Sustainable South Bronx (Bronx, New York)
Sustainable South Bronx developed its Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program to certify formerly jobless and often incarcerated people in green-roof installation and maintenance, urban forestry, hazardous waste cleanup, and retrofitting aging buildings for energy efficiency. The BEST Academy links environmental cleanup and restoration in the community to the career development and economic needs of local people. Over eighty percent of BEST graduates are gainfully employed, and fifteen percent are attending college.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Working with local criminal justice systems to plan job training programs.
* Developing curricula for formerly incarcerated people.
* Identifying the opportunities for green jobs in your community.
* Creating programs for youth in the juvenile justice system.
* Advocating for green jobs as a means for social and environmental justice.
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ bimonthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.