More Than 100 youth to compete for world's greatest summer job at KIB


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More than 100 Indy Youth to Compete for the World’s Greatest Summer Job with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful this Saturday

High school students to plant trees as part of application process for KIB’s Youth Tree Team

INDIANAPOLIS – (March 14, 2018) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will host 120 Indy high school students along Pleasant Run Parkway, near the Bankers Lane Apartments this Saturday to plant trees as part of the application process for the 2018 Youth Tree Team.


KIB’s Youth Tree Team (YTT) works to preserve and maintain the trees that are planted through KIB’s Community Forestry program—an initiative to plant 100,000 trees in Marion County. YTT seeks to promote professionalism, respect, personal and environmental responsibility, and teamwork in Indianapolis high school students and young adults through stewardship and preservation of Indianapolis’ trees. Youth will partake in an interactive interview process that tests their willingness to work hard and get their hands dirty. They are competing for 25 of the 90 coveted spots on the 2018 team. The remaining spots are expected to be filled by youth returning from prior years.


  • WHO: 120 Indianapolis youth and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful staff
  • WHAT: KIB’s Youth Tree Team Applicant Planting Day
  • WHERE: Bankers Lane Apartments, 4741 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46201
    • Meeting location: The park across the street from the apartments
    • Planting location: Along Pleasant Run Parkway
  • WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.


As part of the interview process Indy youth will learn proper planting methods and plant a total of 86 trees in the neighborhood. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality of their planting, following best practice instructions, and willingness to work hard. The application process continues on April 21 during a tree care and watering experience at Garfield Park. In-person interviews will take place on April 30 at KIB headquarters as the final step of the application process.


As a member of the Youth Tree Team, all youth employees participate in a Work Certification Skills Program that focus on Teamwork, Respectful Behavior, Accountability, Active engagement, and Communication (TRAAC). In addition to spending seven weeks watering, mulching, staking, pruning and planting trees, youth will develop a work-ready skill set to carry with them to future jobs.


Along with daily work activities and training, youth selected for YTT participate 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 KIB connect Indy youth to the environment and each other, while fostering a commitment to service and cultivating lasting friendships and a connection to the community.


KIB’s Youth Tree Team is part of Mayor Hogsett’s summer youth employment program, Project Indy. YTT is made possible by generous support from the City of Indianapolis and other community partners. To learn more visit


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. Annually, KIB works with nearly 20,000 volunteers on nearly 900 community projects. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @kibiorg.