June, 200950 students from 39 high schools throughout Dallas County were selected as members of the 2009 Green Team.
--Thirteen nonprofit agencies were selected to host Green Team students this year.
--Over the past 28 years, ExxonMobil has invested more than $6.3 million in the Dallas Green Team, reaching 3,400 low- to moderate-income student families.
The ExxonMobil Green Team today celebrated the start of its 28th year in Dallas by creating a learning area around a large pecan tree within the Great Trinity Forest for summer camps and classes taught by the Trinity River Audubon Center.
As one of ExxonMobil's signature community programs, the Green Team concept provides meaningful work experience and educational opportunities for Dallas-area high school students from low- to moderate-income families.
"While many high school students are taking the summer off, the Green Team members will be completing a professional internship, attending college-level courses and learning how to positively impact their community," said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity, ExxonMobil Foundation. "We are proud of the commitment they've made to themselves through this program, and eager to see the great strides they will make during the next eight weeks."
"Programs such as the ExxonMobil Green Team are unique, because they equally impact the students and agencies involved," said John Withers, board chair, Volunteer Center of North Texas. "We are proud to partner with ExxonMobil as this program enters its 28th year, to provide additional resources to outstanding nonprofits and continue making a difference in the lives of Dallas' young people."
The ExxonMobil Green Team is administered by the Volunteer Center of North Texas and ExxonMobil supports the program with a grant of more than $230,000, which funds student salaries and administration expenses. Since its launch in 1981, ExxonMobil has invested more than $6.3 million in the Dallas program reaching approximately 3,400 students. The ExxonMobil Green Team is currently in place in eight cities including: Torrance, Calif.; Chalmette, La.; Clinton, N.J.; Paulsboro, N.J.; Beaumont, Texas; Dallas; Houston; and, Arlington, Va.
About the ExxonMobil Green Team
The ExxonMobil Green Team initiative enables students to be placed with local nonprofits for eight weeks, where they work in teams of four to six on environmental and conservation projects including research, education and public awareness campaigns. In addition to their work experience, students attend classes in career exploration, leadership development and environmental engineering and receive weekly instruction from the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University. On Fridays, the Green Team members participate in educational field trips and environmentally-focused activities.
About ExxonMobil Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.
Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2008, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $225 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $89 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.