The Greening of Detroit hires high school students to clean city, water trees

Posted at 7:50 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 19:50:15-04

The Greening of Detroit hires dozens of teenagers every year through its Green Corps program. The teens water trees and beautify parks and greenways; they get down and dirty to make sure their city is clean.

"We need to come together so we can live longer, be a better community and make the city better," says 17-year-old Indya Hunt.

Teenagers in the program water about 12,000 trees. It's a lot of hard work, but Green Corps is also about education and keeping children out of trouble.

"Most people, when they wake up, they hit the alarm clock like 'ugh got to go to work.' When I wake up in the morning I'm happy, I'm energized," says 18-year-old Leland Boles.

"It's just a strong organization. I've never been around so many people that just want to lift me up. It's great, it's fantastic," adds Hunt.