Students earn community-service credits while helping to beautify and maintain Seattle’s parks

G-FORCE (Gardening Fun, Full of Opportunities of Recreation, Cooperative teamwork and Environmental studies) is a high school mentorship program that helps guide youth through gardening mentorships in Seattle parks. Participants learn job skills by performing hands-on horticulture work doing grounds maintenance or landscape renovation projects in parks while receiving community-service hours needed to graduate from high school.

During the 2016-2017 school year, 249 people ages 18 and under participated in this Seattle Parks and Recreation program, donating 930 volunteer hours! Benefits of the program include:

  • G-Force trains youth and positions them for future park employment after graduation.
  • Participants learn team building and conflict resolution skills while having fun and being active outdoors.
  • Youth help improve their own neighborhood parks as well as fields used by public…

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