By: Norie Wright
This week marks the beginning of the 2018 Green Ambassadors Program. The Green Ambassadors Program is a 6-week summer high school internship located at the Washington Youth Garden. Interns will learn how to garden, prepare and eat healthy produce, while also visiting and learning about other green organizations and the jobs they offer. They will also lead student garden field trips, participate in structured communication skills training, and experience an incredible outdoor summer.
In addition to GAP starting this week, we will be starting a new weekly blog post where we interview a member of the Green Ambassadors Program to get to know who they are.
This week, we spoke to Damion Covington. Damion is a member of the class of 2019 at Roosevelt Senior High School. Damion’s interests include sports, art, and gardening. He also has a passion for helping the community. This is his second year participating in the Green Ambassador Program.
Washington Youth Garden: Why did you originally sign up for the Green Ambassador Program?
Damion Covington: I grew up in the area, and I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. Because of that, I found an interest in gardening, and I like helping the community.
WYG: Why did you return to GAP?
DC: It helped me a lot with communication and team building. If I learning so much in one year, I thought “Why not come back and learn more?”. I think it will also help develop skills I can use in my life.
WYG: What do you bring to the table as a member of the Green Ambassadors?
DC: Since I was here last year, I can help the leaders and relieve their stress. I have a feel of how things should go from last year, and I can bring it into this year and help new people.
WYG: What has been your favorite memory from your time spent here?
DC: At the end of the program, we had a small competition. It showed us that at the end of a hard working summer, it was okay to relax and play. It was really fun.
WYG: What will be the most challenging task for you as a Green Ambassador?
DC: Moving past how hot it will be. If we keep complaining about the heat, we’ll spend all day doing the work in the heat. We’ll get nothing done. If we don’t complain, we can get the work done quicker and get out of the heat!
WYG: What is your favorite thing to do in the garden?
DC: Cooking. We get to just chill and relax. It helps after a long week of work to just get into a weekend mood.
WYG: What is something you are looking forward to this summer?
DC: Going to different schools and helping out in the community and being in areas that need help.
WYG: If you could have any superpower, which would you have?
DC: Super speed, because it would make my job way easier in life. I just need to be quicker.
WYG: What is your favorite vegetable, fruit, or flower?
DC: I have one for each. Cauliflower, strawberry, and rose.
WYG: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
DC: Either San Francisco or Los Angeles, because of the weather. Also, there are more opportunities out there.
Norie Wright is the Events and Communications Intern for the Washington Youth Garden and Friends of the National Arboretum.