Much like the rest of the world, Growing Futures has precautions in place to protect all individuals involved from the spread of COVID-19 while we work together to plant more trees in our community! To help prevent the spread, each team member will:
Wear a mask during working hours
Social distance and avoid close contact by putting distance between yourself and other teammates
Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and areas
Each teammate will be responsible for driving themselves to a planting site to ensure social distancing. If transportation is not an option for a teammate, contact the Growing Futures supervisor to discuss alternatives.
Trees Forever’s Growing Futures job employment program takes a unique approach to caring for our community’s trees. Through Growing Futures, teams of teenagers are employed to help grow our tree canopy all while learning about the world around them and the potential within themselves.
Growing Futures has a powerful social and environmental impact because the program prioritizes underserved neighborhoods; neighborhoods that research shows already lack tree cover and are in need of dedicated resources. Healthy trees reduce stormwater, clean the air, save energy, create beauty, and even provide us with mental and physical well-being. Together, we have the opportunity to employ young people, and build the whole person through career readiness opportunities, so that we all reap the benefits.
Through Growing Futures, teams of seven to ten teenagers plant, water and care for trees in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, with the goal to expand Growing Futures to other communities. With adult supervision and training, these teenagers learn new skills that will position them to be future leaders in the community.
Throughout the spring, summer and fall, Growing Future Teammates will:
Plant, water and prune trees
Mulch and stake trees
Grow the urban forest
Build job experience
Improve professional skills
Teammates take part in weekly professional development training that includes:
First aid training
Des Moines Growing Futures is proudly sponsored by:
Arbor Day Foundation
The City of Des Moines
Wright Tree Service
Wright Outdoor Solutions
Cedar Rapids Growing Futures is proudly sponsored by: