Carmel Youth Group Awarding Funding for Green Projects
What: Carmel Youth Group Awarding Funding for Green Projects
Who: Mayor Brainard, Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Committee and Recipients
When: 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2009
Where: City of Carmel Gazebo

The youth-driven Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program will be awarding checks to five local youth groups to fund their volunteer eco-friendly, green projects.  Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard will be present at the check awarding ceremony to congratulate the motivated youth and to support them in their commitment to community service and to the environment.

The goal of the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program, funded by Clorox Green Works, is to challenge area youth to use their skills, creativity and energy to help make Carmel / Clay Township in Indiana a greener community by funding 22 youth-inspired environmental projects.  This ceremony will mark the first micro-grants awarded through this program.

The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program is administered by a committee of teens from Carmel Area Roots & Shoots (CAR&S) and adults from Carmel Green Initiative, with staff from United Way of Central Indiana’s Youth as Resources providing organizational support.  CAR&S, a local youth group of about a dozen Carmel High School students, is one of over 8,000 worldwide Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots groups that encourage youth to make positive changes that demonstrate compassion for people, animals, and the environment.

Carmel High School Freshman and CAR&S youth leader Lauren Gibson states, “We received applications for several wonderful projects.  We are so excited to bring youth and our entire community together in order to help the environment.”

Projects selected include:
  • St. Christopher's Episcopal Church / Boy Scout Troop 132 – Organic Garden for the Needy
  • Carmel Middle School / Student Green Team – Tree Seedling Arbor Day Program
  • Woodbrook Elementary School / Webelo Pack 198 – River Trail Native Wildflower Restoration
  • Prairie Trace Elementary PTO / Cub Scout Pack 197 – Reusable Shopping Bag Promotion
  • Carmel High School / Student Green Lights Club – CFL Bulb Promotion

Additional project applications will be accepted through February 28, 2010.  Details and applications are available at CarmelGreenTeen.org.