Life is Better with Trees is a community based initiative created with the following goals in mind:
Engage 150 disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16-24 by providing them job skills, training, and work experience.
Educate the community about the benefit of trees, ensuring the newly planted trees’ long-term survival
Plant more trees and expanding the urban forest
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis allocated funds to the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp (SGVCC) to start the initiative in East Los Angeles, Walnut Park, Bassett and Valinda. These locations were identified as having a lack of tree canopy coverage and green spaces that are key to creating healthier communities in Southeast Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.
Before planting, youth-led tree outreach and education takes place to inspire community members to want trees planted in front of their homes and encourage resident responsibility for tree care. After planting, youth-led site inspection of trees will occur along with resident check-ins to assess barriers and offer solutions to watering the new tree. If the tree has died within one year of being planted, it will be replaced.
In doing tree education and outreach, youth will learn how to engage with their larger community and how to work with local government. They will also gain access to job skills training, education, and work experience, with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community at large.
San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps (SGVCC) provides Conservation Corps services, social services, mentoring, educational interventions, vocational preparation and career training to participants from the San Gabriel Valley and eastern Los Angeles County. These SGVCC programs lead to reduced recidivism and family-sustaining employment for participants.
Financial support for the initiative comes from Proposition A, the Safe Neighborhood Parks Act, and Los Angeles County Probation Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act funding.
Interested In Participating?
Residents interested in participating or learning more about Life is Better with Trees should contact the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps at (626) 579-2484.
The Bienestar Program is a ministry in which we are blessed to have the opportunity to change thousands of lives in Central Florida where the Hispanic community is growing every single day. Behind the Bienestar Program there are passionate and trained professionals that want to bring this program to the families, churches and the community in Central Florida. Our goal is to have communities that live in wellness. Our approach is to create awareness of the importance of wellness focusing on mental, physical and spiritual wellness.
We are excited for the opportunity to work with our South Florida Hispanic community! Bienestar’s goal is to improve the health of the community one family at a time by providing knowledge of about physical, mental and spiritual well being. It is our desire that every faith-based organization in South Florida will begin a Bienestar health initiative to work towards addressing the most important health needs of the families in their community.
Are you a Faith based leader in San Antonio, Bexar county area and surrounding counties? Are you taking a stand and being proactive in your physical, mental and spiritual health? We want to partners with you!
Bienestar strives to bring awareness in regards to some critical components that deal with health for our leaders, churches and communities.