Here, you’ll find the answers to many of our frequently asked questions.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for here, please contact us.



What is your mission?

We train young leaders to power a green and inclusive economy, through service.

You can read our full mission, vision, and values here.


Legal Status:

Green City Force is a 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID #80-0428040.


Who does GCF Serve?

Green City Force recruits 18 – 24 year old young adults who reside in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments. Through AmeriCorps service, Corps Members give back to the communities in which they reside and build skills necessary to maintain meaningful, family-supporting employment.


Who are AmeriCorps members?

Individuals that commit their time and skills to get things done for America.


How long is a term of service?

Terms of service range from 4 to 10 months.


What are the benefits of graduating from Green City Force?

GCF prepares young adults to successfully compete for & advance in quality careers in the green economy.

Service Corps Members receive:

  • $1,300 monthly stipend
  • Unlimited monthly Metrocard
  • GCF Uniform
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, $3,000 – $4,300 for continuing your education and training (depending on your length of term)
  • Wraparound supportive services
  • Alumni and career services



What is NYCHA?

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority in North America, was created in 1935 to provide decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. NYCHA is home to 1 in 15 New Yorkers. For more information see the 2019 NYCHA Fact Sheet or the NYCHA website.



What is an Education Award?

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a benefit VISTA, AmeriCorps, and NCCC members receive upon successful completion of their term of service. The award can be used to go to specific schools or repay qualifying student loans. There are general terms that guide the use of the award and a process to follow to access your funds. The award is subject to taxes.



What are Farms at NYCHA?

Farms at NYCHA, is part of Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a city-wide partnership designed to improve health outcomes in 12 neighborhoods in New York City. Through the initiative, young public housing residents build and maintain farms on public housing properties across the city to serve fellow residents, with local partners. The Farms expand healthy food access, provide youth workforce and leadership development, and promote sustainable and connected public housing communities.


What happens with the produce grown on the farms?

Local NYCHA residents can take home produce from Farms at NYCHA when farm stand is open.

Produce is distributed in exchange for:

  • dropping off their household compostable waste (fruit peels, food scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.); OR
  • 30 minutes (min.) of volunteer time.

GCF does not charge for produce from the farms.

For farm locations and Farm Stand times, visit the Farms at NYCHA page.


Who can join the Service Corps?

Eligible Service Corps applicants are:

  • New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents
  • 18 to 24 years old
  • High school graduates, or GED/equivalent holders
  • Not enrolled in or graduates of college

Find more info on the Apply page.


How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in our program, click here to fill out an online application, and please call (347)-720-2823 or email recruitment@greencityforce.org to register for an upcoming Information Session. 


When are the information sessions?

Information sessions are offered every other Wednesday at 11:00am at NYCHA REES (787 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn).


Are Americorps Members paid an hourly wage?

No. Americorps Volunteers receive a stipend of ~$1,200 per month


When was GCF founded and by who?

Green City Force was founded in 2009 by Lisbeth Shepherd, Lucian Cohen and Erika Symmonds. See the staff page for bios. See the about page for our organization history.


What is GCF’s graduation rate?

GCF’s all time graduation rate is 82%.


What is the Love Where You Live Youth Summit?

The Love Where You Live Youth Summit is a day of reflection and action where Americorps Members, Alumni, and community allies come together to co-ideate and make a collective commitment to building the green city we want to see through service.


What organizations does GCF partner with?

See our partner page.


Can I apply for a job at GCF?

See our Employment opportunities page