The Groundwork Southcoast Green Team is a summer program that offers part-time, paid positions for up to 12 Fall River and New Bedford high school aged students each year to help learn about and lead local environmental and healthy community initiatives, conduct research, raise awareness, and participate in hands-on improvement projects throughout both cities. The program is intended to promote the protection and restoration of the Southcoast’s critical ecological systems, natural resources, and public health and food access by engaging teens in advocacy and experiential-learning efforts focused on the community's parks, gardens, waterways, and vacant open spaces. The Green Team program has dual goals - to prepare Fall River and New Bedford’s youth for a lifetime of environmental and healthy community leadership, and to invest in our community’s future and capacity to improve its physical environment.