Green Jobs Corps connects young people with paid environmental jobs, career and leadership development opportunities, and the personal and academic supports they need to thrive.

Our Partners, Students’ Impact

Corps members work at Common Ground at a number of community environmental organizations. For more than 75% of participants, Green Jobs Corps offers a first experience of paid work. It also provides an opportunity to make a real difference for the local community and environment:

The Green Jobs Corps logo, designed by student Isabella Torres, class of '16

The Green Jobs Corps logo, designed by student Isabella Torres, class of ’16

  • At Solar Youth, Corps members help to lead environmental stewardship and education programs for New Haven elementary students.
  • Working with the Urban Resources Initiative at Yale, Corps members take on urban aboriculture internships — planting hundreds of street trees and surveying thousands more with hand-held GPS devices.
  • Corps members working with CitySeed help to staff our city’s award-winning farmer’s markets and operate the new Mobile Market launched in partnership by Common Ground and CitySeed.
  • At Common Ground, Corps members help run our children’s environmental programs and summer camp, do the hard work of sustaining our urban farm, and run our recycling and composting programs.
  • At New Haven Farms, corps members facilitate activities on farming, nutrition, and cooking to children and families who visit the farm each week.
  • In partnership with Connecticut Fund for the Environment, a team of Corps members has been surveying water quality on the West River.
  • Corps members have also joined in a week-long Water Boot Camp, run by the Regional Water Authority and other partners.
 Green Jobs Corps students in action:
GJC-Arianna and Joana in compost pile GJC-Arianna and Freddy cutting wood GJC-Alex, Thomas, Jaquel, Victor and Brianna on Farm Crew GJC-Chris and Loc planting a tree GJC-Arianna, Idonia and Malik at GreenLeaf Biofuel plant GJC-Arianna at Mobile MarketGJC-Jon building a pig ramp GJC-Janerry at CitySeed GJC-Hilda washiing eggs

GJC-Rob, Andre and Javi at Regional Water Authority's Water Boot Camp GJC-Omar with Kids Unplugged GJC-Loc overlooking the farm

GJC-Taylor at Solar Youth GJC-Steph with chicken GJC-Loc and Lorenzo on Site Crew URI GreenSpace Crew in Nash St park

Thanks to Our Funders

funded1revCommon Ground’s Green Jobs Corps is made possible in part through support from Workforce Alliance, the workforce development board serving South Central CT, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor. Other program funders include the Carolyn Foundation, EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant Program, the Fresh Sound Fund, MFUNd, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, People’s United Community Foundation, and the Watershed Fund.