Youth Tree Team (YTT)

The YTT is a seven-week summer job for high school students who are interested in improving their community through tree care.

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  • Why we are connecting youth with the urban forest

    The Youth Tree Team (YTT) works to preserve and maintain the trees KIB plants through our Community Forestry program. YTT seeks to promote professionalism, respect, personal and environmental responsibility, and teamwork in today’s high school students.

    We work outdoors to water, mulch, prune, stake, and plant trees. Other duties include consistent attendance and punctuality, weeding, litter clean-up, working harmoniously with team members, follow crew leader directions, participating fully in enrichment activities, filling out work logs and other duties as assigned. Along with daily work activities, YTT participates in weekly enrichment activities including, a wilderness camping trip, learning financial management skills, networking with green-collar professionals, and rafting on the White River. All of this combined with hard work helps us connect Indy youth to the environment and each other, fostering a commitment to service and cultivating lasting friendships and a connecting to their community.

  • Meet the 2014 Youth Tree Team

    This select group of Indy youth works throughout the summer to water and maintain trees in the city.

    As you are driving through the city, give the YTT a friendly honk, and thank them for their hard work to keep Indy’s trees looking good!

    Youth Tree Team Role Call >>>

  • How to be a part of ytt
    How to be a part of ytt

    Along with daily work activities, the YTT does weekly enrichment activities, including camping, rafting, learning financial management skills, and networking with green-collar professionals.

    The 2014 Summer Youth Tree Team will work Monday through Thursday from June 16 to July 31, 20 hours per week (5 hours per day, 4 days per week) watering, staking and mulching trees all over Marion County. Lunch is provided each day at no cost for the youth and the beginning pay rate is $8.00 an hour.

    Applications for the 2015 season will be posted soon. In the meantime, please fill out the interest form below and we will be in contact.

    ADULTS looking for summer employment with our Youth Tree Team can serve as leaders helping to guide and oversee the work YTT carries out each year. To apply for an adult position, please click here.

    YTT Interest Form
  • Your Committment
    Your Committment
    • YTT applicants must currently be enrolled in high school to participate.
    • Candidates must possess the following characteristics: initiative, professionalism, respect, interest in the environment, pride in your work, responsibility, and the ability to work well with a team.
    • YTT participants work 20 hours/week (5 hours per day, 4 days per week) to to water, mulch, prune, stake, and plant trees.
    • Duties include consistent attendance and punctuality, weeding, litter clean-up, heavy lifting, filling out work logs, and other duties as assigned.
    • Fill out the initial application form (coming soon), and then complete the four-step application process that precedes the actual interview.
  • What KIB provides
    What KIB provides
    • Teamwork experience and make great friends.
    • Leadership skills
    • Personal finances skills
    • Fun enrichment activities with local Indianapolis leaders
    • A meaningful way to spend a summer that will ensure the long term vitality of our city’s urban forest.
    • Practical tree care training
    • $8/hourly rate
    • KIB will provide a FREE lunch on each work day
  • Application Process
    • Step 1: Register
      Fill out your application by Friday, February 20
    • Step 2: Challenge Day
      Through a series of fun obstacles you will be challenged to work hard, get your hands dirty and be part of the team on Saturday, March 7.
    • Step 3: Volunteer
      Applicants who work hard at Challenge Day will be invited to a tree planting on Saturday, April 11.
    • Step 4: Interview
      On Sunday, May 3, those who have completed steps 1-3, will be invited to a formal interview.

  • Youth tree team sponsors
    Youth tree team sponsors

    The Youth Tree Team would not be possible without the support of our sponsors:

    American Structurepoint
    Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation
    Paul I. Cripe Charitable Foundation
    City of Indianapolis
    Companies With A Mission
    Lacy Foundation
    Lilly Endowment
    National Christian Foundation