Jesus Cervantes changed his future by becoming a member of Groundwork Richmond.

He said he met major influencers in his life starting with Richmond Youth Works, an organization that tutored young kids in the Iron Triangle District. There he was inspired by their leader Pedro Lespier and met Matt Holmes who he ran into later on in life in 2014.

“Matt talked to me about the ideas behind Groundwork Richmond,” Jesus said. ”He told me how it could help me as a student and give back to my community. Giving back to my community was something Pedro had instilled in me early on. He taught me there is more to life when you give back.”

Groundwork Richmond, originating from the National Park Service, offers two levels of participation for young people. Program Director Lorenzo Plazola explained that he Green Team is for youth 13-19 years and introduces them to nature and engages them in service-learning opportunities. The Green Team participates in environmental stewardshi