Youth Corps to Expand Beetle Kill Work
The Colorado Youth Corps Association recently secured a $647,400 grant from the Colorado State Forest Service for seven accredited youth corps to expand their beetle kill forest restoration work. Seven State Parks, adjoining state, municipal, and private lands, and 31 nearby communities will benefit from the corps' work, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Through this grant, youth corps and their partners will employ 90 people in seasonal and full-time positions for a total of 18.25 jobs created and retained (full-time equivalent). The funds originated from the $1.5 billion ARRA grant to the U.S. Forest Service for forest project work nationwide. Read more...
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Celebrates 15 Years of Grantmaking
CYCA congratulates GOCO on 15 years of grantmaking. Last month at Confluence Park, Mayor Hickenlooper and the City of Denver helped GOCO celebrate this milestone. Read more...
GOCO also released the 2009 Fact Book, which highlights their support of youth corps.
Mile High Youth Corps to Rehabilitate Hayman Fire Burn Area
The Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) will collaborate with Vail Resorts, the National Forest Foundation and the US Forest Service on "Treasured Landscapes: The Hayman Restoration Partnership." Announced by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in late September, the partnership will restore the forest health and water quality to the area of Colorado's largest and most devastating wildfire. The MHYC anticipates having crews work on this project next summer, doing fire restoration including erosion control, planting of native species and sawyer work. "This type of public-private partnership is extraordinary and to have MHYC youth take part in this legacy project builds the next generation of stewards," said Dr. Kelly Causey, the executive director of the MHYC.
Denver Hosts CCC Legacy Gathering
Last month, Civilian Conservation Corps alumni, family members, and modern-day youth corps staff and members gathered in Denver to honor the legacy of the CCC. The City of Denver honored the "CCC boys" at a luncheon at Red Rocks Amphitheater, which was built by the CCC in the 1930s.
Photo: David Critton, Southwest Conservation Corps' Vice President for Site Leadership enjoys Red Rocks with CCC Alumni.
CYCA Welcomes Field Coordinator
Nathan Torti recently joined CYCA as a seasonal field coordinator. Nathan began with youth corps as a Larimer County Youth Conservation Corps member in 2004 and went on to serve as a crewleader, field coordinator, and AmeriCorps program coordinator at the Mile High Youth Corps. Nathan grew up in the woods of New England and earned a BA in Communication from the University of New Hampshire. When not planning CYCA’s annual crewleader training or visiting youth corps crews in the field, Nathan is pursuing a Masters in Transpersonal Psychotherapy Counseling, with a focus in Wilderness Therapy, at Naropa University. Nathan can be reached at email@example.com.