Project Dream Green: A Summer of Achievement


During the summer of 2010 Dreaming Out Loud and Groundwork Anacostia River DC hosted 72 youth participants ages 14-21 who worked throughout Ward 7 in Washington, DC to improve their community, the environment and themselves. In a six-week period during these organizations partnered with the District Department of the Environment’s Green Summer Jobs Corps to provide a substantive and enriching experience for the participants, compiling some impressive numbers along the way.

The youth participants reported daily to community institutions that served as their meeting spaces, classrooms and lunchrooms – Ward Memorial AME Church, SEED Public Charter School and the Ophelia Egypt Center – providing an experience rooted in community and rich in content. Using the environment as the linchpin, Project Dream Green provided a unique experience that explores self-discovery, the “greening” of our economy and lifestyles through a holistic approach.

More About Project Dream Green

In collaboration with our partner, Groundwork Anacostia River DC, we brought together youth from across DC for a comprehensive environmental learning and work experience. Using the environment as the linchpin, Project Dream Green provides a unique experience that explores self-discovery, the “greening” of our economy and lifestyles through a holistic approach.

Youth ages 14-21 engaged in projects such as energy efficiency outreach; career exposure; field work in National Parks, watershed protection and tree-care. Partnerships with the District Department of the Environment, the National Parks Service-National Capitol Parks East and local charter schools have made this an extraordinary part of the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program. Central to the project’s success is connecting curriculum, community, and the environment in meaningful ways and the reinforcement of our Ethics Mirror.

The Green Teams

Participants developed stronger character, sharpen leadership and technical skills while positively impacting critical environmental needs surrounding the District’s trees, parks, energy, and watersheds. In addition, our Green Team members documented their experience through various forms of media; actively used and learned using technology; and advanced their academic skills.  We accomplished this through:

  • Field Trips;
  • Video, photography and other media projects;
  • Career Exposure through various speakers and presenters;
  • Use of text-messaging technology to send vocabulary words.

Other Programs
Walking the Dream Path

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