Session Details

Parks and Workforce Development

This session will explore two workforce development models that combine workforce readiness training with environmental stewardship in parks and other green spaces.

Landforce, in Pittsburgh, hires people with significant barriers to employment and provides soft and hard skills training with a trauma -centered approach, while hiring people to build trails, restore habitat, maintain and construct green infrastructure, and improve vacant lots.

PowerCorpsPHL engages disconnected young adults and returning citizens in advancing their lives through service. PowerCorpsPHL enrolls members in full-time AmeriCorps service to support Philadelphia's environmental stewardship, youth violence prevention, and workforce development.

Participants will gain an understanding of the workforce readiness approach and the types of partnerships and funding that support this work.

Session Presentation Slides

Slide Deck: Parks and Workforce Development - Landforce

Slide Deck: Parks and Workforce Development - PowerCorpsPHL


  • Understand the workforce readiness/trauma-centered approach that Landforce takes.
  • Understand the types of contracts that support our work.
  • Understand how urban park improvements can be leveraged far beyond the boundaries of parks.