We currently have 5 AmeriCorps members, making up 25% of our staff. Our members teach in Lawrence schools, support community partnerships, grow food on our urban farm, and manage volunteers. President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts CNCS entirely, ending AmeriCorps, jeopardizing our ability to change places and change lives in Lawrence.
Budget cuts to HUD's Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and NEA directly limits our ability to hire youth. Each year, through Green Team and Urban Adventures, we hire more than 50 young people to steward our parks, provide summer programming, and grow food. The City utilizes CDBG funds to match grants to build new parks and redevelop open spaces. Without CDBG the Spicket River Greenway would still only be a dream.