Youth Stewardship


Program Description:

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.

Implemented as a two track education and training program, YES targets high school aged at-risk-youth (ARY) as well as post high school at-risk young adults in communities in Northeast Los Angeles. The goal of the program is to:

  • Train at-risk youth and young adults in environmental disciplines that lead to permanent employment in the green industry
  • Provide education in the areas of landscape design, arboriculture, horticulture, restoration ecology, hydrology and urban forestry
  • Help build individual character while developing a community-based work force
  • Encourage participants to pursue higher education in an environmental discipline
  • Provide job search training and assistance for graduates to find employment in the green industry

Program Details:  

The YES Program is a full time program over an 8 to 10 week period. The number of recruits per module varies and depends on the number of landscape construction and maintenance projects underway at the time.

The youth stewards who complete this demanding program are awarded a Certificate of Completion. Recent graduates have signed up for employment with several local, state and federal agencies.

North East Trees believes that the Youth Environmental Stewards of today are the Community Stewards of tomorrow.

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