Starting this week, a group of high school and junior high students will help Los Angeles clean up its act. About 300 students will pick up trash, paint over graffiti and plant trees around the city under the "Clean and Green" job program administered by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.
The project employs students from city schools for eight weeks during the summer and 27 Saturdays during the school year. Teams made up of 10 students and one group leader will work at sites around Los Angeles in cooperation with community groups and city agencies.
"This whole program is designed to give young people a chance for a work experience and a learning experience," Mayor Tom Bradley said after meeting a group of student workers Monday. "We want the whole city to look clean and green."
The program, which is expected to cost $1.1 million this year, was created when Bradley signed the city budget on July 1.