While some people look at Detroit and see problems, we see there is no better place to start building a new economy than in Detroit.
In 2010, Global Exchange's Michigan team had an idea: create a training program in Detroit to rebuild a resilient community and economy by teaching skills of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and urban agriculture.
What started out as a 5 participant experiment, turned into a full fledged annual project called Green Economy Leadership Training (GELT).
The project, based just outside of Detroit in Highland Park, trains youth and community members in practical skills to empower them to improve their communities through energy conservation, renewable energy, green building technology, water conservation, waste diversion (recycling and composting), urban agriculture and food security and urban forestry. The project does all of this through an environmental justice lens.
We are putting out an open invitation to the whole country to join us for the third Green Economy Leadership Training from June 11-August 18.
You, or anyone you know, can apply.
Want to participate in community-led projects focused on developing local green economy resources? Interested in learning to organize social entrepreneurship ventures? Between the ages of 18 and 99? Want to spend the summer in Highland Park, MI and meet like-minded people from across the country working for social just while working with the local community? Then apply to GELT today.
To learn more about the GELT project or to apply for GELT 2012, click here.
If you cannot attend, you can still support the GELT project and sponsor a GELT summer fellow. Make a special gift today.
The time to join is now.
Global Exchange Michigan Program