INDIANAPOLIS – (February 27, 2013) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will host more than 200 Indy youth this Saturday as part of the application process for the 2013 Youth Tree Team.
The KIB Youth Tree Team is a paid 7-week summer program that employs Indianapolis high school students and young adults to preserve and maintain the trees that are planted through KIB’s NeighborWoods program—an initiative to plant 100,000 trees in Marion County. Their work was especially crucial over the summer of 2012, during the serve drought. Members of the Youth Tree Team helped to water nearly 10,000 trees—earning them special recognition from the Indianapolis City County Council.
Youth Tree Team Challenge Day will be held at the KIB headquarters (1029 Fletcher Ave.) on Saturday, March 2. Youth will compete in obstacles that test their willingness to work hard and get their hands dirty—activities will vary from water bucket slaloms, mulch races, calisthenics, and much more. Youth will be competing for 65 coveted spots on the 2013 team—with many youth returning from year to year.
The team spends their weeks watering, mulching, and staking trees; they also spend one day a week on enrichment activities; last year they learned first-hand about financial responsibility from a bank manager, toured the IMA, and rafted on the White River. To learn more visit www.kibi.org/youth_tree_team, and see photos from last year’s Youth Tree Team.
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In 2012, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.