The Greenager Program is a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Port of San Francisco youth stewardship and leadership program, supported by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, that runs from June through November each year. The program was created and designed to offer teens a chance to play an important role in the community by improving the city’s green spaces, raising awareness, creating place-based projects and/or projects based on issues or themes participants value and are interested in.
The Greenager Program is for teenagers that live in or attend a school in the southeast or northeast neighborhoods of San Francisco. Greenagers are trained and provided with multiple leadership opportunities. They facilitate workshops, lead public volunteer service projects, participate in community events, go on fun team excursions and more.
Our goal is to create a safe atmosphere in which youth can learn about the importance of the preservation of our parks and open spaces, voice their concerns about their environment and community, and take action while gaining fundamental job and life skills, push and challenge their perceived limitations, bond with like-minded peers and have fun all in their own backyard!
Program established in 2012 with a crew based in southeast SF
In 2017, added a second crew based in northeast of SF
87 teens have successfully completed the 8-month program, 21 have returned as leaders for a second year
Coastal Clean Up site captains since 2013
Engaged with over 500 community members and key stakeholders
Service provided in over 20 different parks and opens spaces in San Francisco
8,300 hours of service to our city’s parks and open spaces, community events and rec centers
Received Board of supervisor’s program commendation on July 29, 2014
Annual sailing excursion with Blue Water Foundation and other fun adventures including camping to get youth outdoors
1st year Greenagers can earn up to $200/month
2nd year Greenager leaders can earn up $250/month
Earn community service credit (varies by school)
Forge new long-lasting friendships
Gain valuable and transferable job skills
Advance your leadership & public speaking skills
Gain professional work experience
Explore new parks, rec centers & open spaces
Learn about SF’s native flora and fauna
Looks great on your resume
Who can be a Greenager?
To be a Greenager you must meet the criteria below:
You must live in or attend a school in the Southeast Sector of San Francisco (Excelsior, Portola, Bayview, Hunter’s Point, Visitation Valley, Crocker Amazon, or Potrero Hill) or Northeast Sector of San Francisco (Western Addition, Tenderloin and Chinatown); or you must be referred to us by one of our direct partners