The St. Louis Green Teen Alliance is a coalition of organizations from the green industry. Our goal is to grow the future of the green workforce by engaging youth from historically marginalized communities in environmental work. We provide paid job opportunities in sustainable agriculture, habitat restoration, and environmental research for 100 youth every summer.
Our core team includes EarthDance Farms, Forest Park Forever, Gateway Greening, Missouri Botanical Garden, CAASTLC- Seeds of Hope Farm, and Tyson Research Center. Summer job opportunities we offer range from working in community gardens, to organic farming, to restoring natural habitats, to doing environmental research. We bring all 100+ teens together several times throughout the summer to connect, reflect, and explore green careers.
This effort began in 2014, when a few of us began hiring teens. We met one day to share ideas about how to better engage youth in our farms, forests, and fields. As we talked, we realized that we were all working on some big issues through our employment programs-- workforce development, racial equity, and environmental justice. These are issues bigger than any one of our organizations, and we decided to tackle them together. Our supporting partners who help make this collaboration possible include STL Youth Jobs, St. Louis Public Schools, University of Missouri- St Louis, The Brown School at Washington University, the St. Louis Mayor's Office of Sustainability, and the USDA.
Here are some of our shared values:
WE TRANSFORM PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERWAYS
Participating programs actively transform St. Louis's landscape. Teens get hands-on experience working outdoors and can see a difference in the land because of their efforts.
WE PAY WAGES
Youth deserve to be compensated fairly for their hard work! Programs with unpaid teen positions are not included in the GTA.
WE'RE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
We are committed to creating employment pathways for St. Louis teens to explore careers in environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, and related research. These careers are critical to the health and future of our planet and all of us.
WE ARE TRAVELING ALONG THE PATH TO RACIAL EQUITY
We believe environmental justice, food justice, and racial justice are linked. We hire teen crews that are racially diverse, in an effort to elevate the voices of historically marginalized people and so our next generation of staff will truly represent our community. Agricultural and environmental jobs are some of the whitest in America, from farmers and ranchers to National Park Service employees to environmental scientists. Our goal is to lose that unfortunate distinction.