Friends of the High Line's teen programs offer paid job opportunities for local youth ages 14 to 19 in cultural event production, horticulture, informal education, and civic participation. In the past three years, this work has developed into three distinct program areas: Green Council, Teen Arts & Culture Council, and Youth Corps.
High Line Green Council is a horticulture job training program for local teens. For over six months, teens learn about plant science and gain hands-on experience urban gardening and food justice. Teens work alongside High Line gardeners to maintain the park and collaborate with partners throughout the city to revitalize green spaces and grow food.
The High Line Teen Arts & Culture Council is a group of local youth who produce public programs in the park that combine arts, culture,horticulture, and social justice. These teen staff members spend more than six months thinking critically about power and cultural production, attending events across the city for inspiration, and working in teams to develop their own programs. Over 1,500 teens from across the city come together at these exciting events.
High Line Youth—part of High Line Community Engagement—is generously supported by Ford Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation and Merck Family Fund. High Line Youth is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council—with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson and the Greener NYC Initiative.