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Greening Youth Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lesford Duncan as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF).

Welcome to
Greening Youth Foundation

The Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to engage under-represented youth and young adults, while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. GYF’s cultural based environmental education programing engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community.

Partner Internships

Explore the different partner internship programs we offer. From the National Park Service to USDA Forest Service there is something for everyone. Other programs include:  The Bureau of Land Management (DHA), Outdoor Retailer Partners and The Move Mountains Grant. 

Youth Conservation Corps

The need for preserving all of our nation’s history has never been greater, we’re counting on you! HBCUI relies on a variety of majors to make the movement work. From Engineering to History, and Business to Biology – your skills can make an impact.

Urban Youth Corps

We are the GYF Urban Youth Corps! We strive to transform our lives while transforming the communities around us! We have set out on a path of positive growth and development of ourselves, our neighborhood and those who will come after us!

Public School Initiative

GYF provides environmental and wellness programming to students in grades k-12 through partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs, Recreation Centers and public schools throughout the Metro Atlanta Area. GYF utilizes C.H.I.P interns to conduct these tasks.



You Can

Make a Difference 


GYF employs a professional staff of historians, sociologists, psychologists, educators, marine biologists, environmental scientists, anthropologists and wilderness experts. GYF’s team is highly specialized and focuses on land acquisition, design and development, greenway and green space project management, community mobilization and outreach. We are dedicated to the preservation of nature’s finite and historical resources. Collectively we have more than 400 years of experience facilitating youth programs that emphasize personal growth through hands-on experience and challenges.


Our Team

The Greening Youth Foundation (GYF), a woman and minority-founded and led nonprofit, works with youth and young adults to provide environmental and wellness education and pathways to green careers. 

Program Managers

Adaka Benedicta Eloho

Social Media Associate/ Programs Manager


Adam King

Program Manager


Angelica Juarez

Operations Associate


April McLaughlin

Executive Assistant to CEO


Christopher Taylor

Finance Associate


Daniel Miguel

Program Manager


Jaina Reed Thompson

Senior Program Manager


Jazzmin Smith

Accounting Associate


Justice Onyebuchi Ichetaonye

Professional Assistant to the CEO - Greening Youth Foundation Africa


Melsetta Veasey

Program Manager


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