New York, NY —
We've been hearing a lot in the news about rising unemployment rates, and the threat of city and state layoffs. well, here's a story about job creation. The city is about to pay 20 young men and women to plant trees, as part of its Million Trees NYC effort. Thanks to a two-year, $2 million federal grant, the training program will allow the 16 to 25 year olds to collect $12 an hour while learning horticulture. Joel Escoto, 24, used to be a car mechanic, but now that he's getting to know trees, he says he thinks about them in his sleep.
ESCOTO: Every single tree I look I'm like, that's a black oak, how do you know? my girlfriend is like "Oh won't you shut up already."
The federal grant was secured by Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano. The trainees will go on the job next month.