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City Council supports Cedar Rapids nonprofit to employ youth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – The Cedar Rapids City Council moved to support the nonprofit Trees Forever with $125,000 per year over the next five years at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The program teaches high school-aged youths how to plant and care for trees while also giving them job training skills and helping them build resumes.

“It’s a win-win because we’ll be out planting trees and watering -which the city has to have done- while these kids get a fabulous opportunity,” Trees Forever president Shannon Ramsay said.

The program has been operating in Cedar Rapids for 30 years but Ramsay says this is the city’s first large-scale investment.

The program will primarily plant trees in underprivileged neighborhoods. The group has a handful of students already picked out, who will start training Saturday.

For more information, go to their website.

 

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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