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KIB’s Youth Tree Team Kicks off This Week

INDIANAPOLIS – (June 20, 2013) The Youth Tree Team at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) is officially underway. The program runs from June 17 to August 1 with youths working 20 hours a week, Monday – Thursday.

This seven-week paid, summer program is what some would consider “the perfect summer job.” Youth receive a free lunch each day and earn $8.00 per hour for their work. Each year, the number of applicants grows with more students eager to get involved. This year, KIB produced their largest team yet with 64 students and 16 college-aged leaders. The team is split into 8 crews consisting of 8 high school students and two adult leaders. Since 2006, the Youth Tree Team (YTT) has been partnering up with KIB’s NeighborWoods program to water, mulch, weed, and plant trees. The program also includes enrichment activities such as a wilderness camping trip, learning financial management skills, networking with green-collar professionals, and rafting on the White River.

The YTT program is another effective way KIB works to beautify the city of Indianapolis. In the drought of 2012, YTT members watered nearly 10,000 trees each week; earning praise from the Indianapolis City County Council. Members not only learn the ins and outs of tree planting, but they also gain a better appreciation for community engagement.
Additionally this year, KIB’s Youth Tree Team is one of three US programs piloting a financial management savings program targeting youth. The America Saves program brings together a coalition of groups to help teach youth the importance of saving; highlighting access to direct deposit, the importance of budgeting, and teaches first time employees saving strategies.

Funding for this program is provided by The City of Indianapolis, Lilly Endowment, The Glick Fund, Summer Youth Program Fund, Youth Working for Indy, Old National Bank Foundation, and many other generous supporters. To learn more about KIB’s Youth Tree Team Program, visit www.kibi.org/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.

About America Saves
America Saves is a campaign coordinated by the nonprofit, Consumer Federation of America (CFA). The campaign is dedicated to helping individuals save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. America Saves is also promoting saving at work for young adults.