White House to Honor Lisbeth Shepherd


Office of Communications


September 25, 2013


White House to Honor Lisbeth Shepherd as Youth Jobs+Champion of Change

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, September 26th, the White House will highlight nine individuals and organizations that played a key role in the White House’s Youth Jobs+ program as “Champions of Change.” Among them are youth who were impacted by the Youth Jobs+ program, as well as non-profit and faith organizations that were particularly innovative and effective in answering the Administration’s call to action in working with local officials and helping to develop the discipline and skills associated with employment for our youth.

President Obama is focused on accelerating economic recovery and boosting job creation for all Americans, particularly key segments that need better access to employment. Among these key segments are the youth of America – the future of our economy and our country. The President issued the Youth Jobs+ challenge to engage local elected officials, along with business and community leaders, to work together to connect young people with summer and year-round job opportunities.

“The work of these individuals and organizations has been vital in promoting youth employment, creating jobs, and providing young people with the skills they need to be successful” said Danielle Gray, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. “Following on the President’s call to action, these ‘Champions of Change’ have helped connect young people with jobs and skills, creating opportunities in communities across this country.”

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 3:20 pm ET on September 26th. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and the Champions we will be recognizing, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions. To learn more about the White House Youth Jobs+ initiative, visit www.whitehouse.gov/youthjobs.

Lisbeth Shepherd, Executive Director, Green City Force
Brooklyn, NY

Lisbeth Shepherd founded Green City Force (GCF) in 2009 to provide a career pathway for low-income young adults. GCF’s model combines workforce development, national service and sustainability focused on behavior change. Green City Force was incubated by Blue Ridge Foundation NY and recognized by Mayor Bloomberg in 2013 as NYC’s Most Innovative Nonprofit. A Clinton Global Initiative member, Green City Force has built one of the largest urban corps with major funding from the NYS Corporation for National and Community Service funding, launched the Love Where You Live campaign in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to incite and inspire energy and water conservation via behavior change, and created the first urban farm on public housing in partnership with NYCHA and Added Value, all the while preparing young adults to enter career pathways to family-supporting jobs.  Lisbeth previously founded Unis-Cité, the leading national youth service program in France which engages over 2000 annual corps members in 50 cities and inspired national legislation affecting 75K young adults. She is co-author of Demain Le Service Civil, an Echoing Green alum, Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, Audobon “Woman Greening the City,” Yale graduate and mother of two.


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