Amy* is only 14, but she’s got big plans for the future – and Tree Trust is helping her achieve them. It’s Amy’s first summer working on a Youth Conservation Corps crew in Bloomington, where she helped build paver patios and other outdoor environmental improvement projects. “It’s a workout!” she notes with a giggle.
She first learned about Tree Trust’s summer employment opportunities from her older brother, who participated a few years ago. After Amy’s positive experience, her mom is now encouraging her little sister to participate when she is eligible in the future. In addition to learning how to work with groups and deal with different personalities, Amy learned a lot about landscaping and new tools. Without this job, she said she’d just “be at home, being lazy…I’d probably still be sleeping now!”
In the future, Amy wants to be a personal trainer and dreams of traveling the world. She will be a freshman in high school next year and is excited to join the soccer team. After seeing her crew leader interact with and positively impact the lives of her crew members, Amy has been inspired to volunteer to be an assistant coach for a youth soccer team.
She notes that the Team Tech lessons participants go through were particularly helpful. Participants learn about writing a resume, planning their budgets, and formal writing. “[Tree Trust] has improved my life. It’s made me more responsible and helped me work with different kinds of people.”
* Names have been changed