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Colorado Youth Corps Association
Corps Satisfies Student’s Internship Requirement – and More!

In a recent letter to the Larimer County Youth Conservation Corps (LCYCC), corpsmember Grant Wahl, who is about to graduate from Colorado State University, had great things to say about his experience. Read Grant’s words here:

Dear LCYCC, 

I am writing you today to thank you for your helpfulness, reliability, and commitment to me and my time spent with the LCYCC. My time spent cutting hazardous trees along trails in the Colorado Mountains was great! I feel as though I have made lasting friendships and some great experiences to draw upon later in my life. 

I have learned a great deal working with you this summer, and wanted you to know I had an amazing camping experience. I have learned about my leadership style and know ways to improve upon being a better mentor and person. I will remember the times cooking in camp, building forts, hiking, yelling “tree falling” in the forest, and talking about philosophy. 

I also wanted to thank you for being a part of my Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism education at Colorado State University. You've helped me finish my internship and I will be graduating this coming semester.

Best Regards, 

Grant Wahl 
Sawyer Crew Summer 2012 
Grant, thank you for sharing your experience with us!
Happy Anniversary to GOCO!   

Great Outdoors Colorado celebrated its 20th anniversary on September 24, 2012 at History Colorado in Denver. A highlight of the evening was a presentation by renowned Colorado photographer, John Fielder, who recently published a book, “John Fielder’s Guide to Colorado’s Great Outdoors,” in honor of GOCO’s anniversary. Mr. Fielder generously dedicated 30 percent of his book sales for the evening to CYCA. Corpsmembers from the Weld County Youth Conservation Corps were on hand to greet guests and help sell books. CYCA thanks GOCO for its longstanding support and wishes the organization another 20+ years of investment in our great state.

Ditching Sandy Beaches for Sand Bags

This summer while some young people were spending time lounging on the beach, members of the Southwest Conservation Corps hauled sand – 1,500 bags of it – on a mission to preserve precious water resources in the Weminuche Wilderness.
Working in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the SCC crew was tasked with repairing a damaged ditch in the Rio Grande Basin. The project involved hiking seven miles from the trailhead to the wilderness area, camping on-site for four days – and filling and hauling 50-pound bags of sand to restore the damaged ditch banks. We’ll do that math for you – that’s 75,000 pounds of sand! The ultimate goal of the project was to maintain the water rights held by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in that ditch, and to ensure the water’s availability for fish and wildlife as well as fishermen, kayakers, canoers, agricultural users and others who rely on the water source.
While it wasn’t the most glamorous project, it made a big difference. “Water is the most important resource we have, and protecting it provides for all wildlife,” said Tony Aloia of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Thanks for your partnership and for sending such an involved crew to my work site. They were great to work with and had a great attitude and work ethic.”
The crew worked hard and accomplished a lot more than Tony expected, but they were very happy when Tony told them they didn’t need to carry anymore sandbags!

YouthBuild: Mile High Youth Corps Serves Low-Income Families

“MHYC Wants You to Succeed”
Eloy Martinez joined MHYC’s YouthBuild program because, as a father of two, he realized that if his kids were to be successful and happy, he needed to start with himself. At first Eloy thought YouthBuild was mostly a way to get his GED and brush up on his construction skills; but he soon realized it was much more than that. Hear Eloy’s inspiring story in this brief video.

YouthBuild USA is a national program that engages youth from traditionally underserved areas to build affordable housing and work on other construction projects. Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) is proud to be a YouthBuild partner since 2003, and is able to continue this work thanks to a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. As a comprehensive job training, education and leadership development program that engages out-of-school and unemployed young adults ages 18-24, YouthBuild is a perfect fit for the youth corps model. By integrating job training on affordable housing projects with leadership development, educational activities and career exploration, MHYC’s YouthBuild program helps corpsmembers develop the skills they need to contribute to their communities and succeed in the classroom, the workforce and everyday life. In 2012, participants have been eligible to earn a $1,415 AmeriCorps education award after completing 450 hours of service.

Boulder County Youth Corps: A Season in Pictures

The Boulder County Youth Corps crew was just as busy as ever this year – and this photo slideshow is a great illustration of the variety of the projects on which they worked.   View the slideshow.

21CSC Report Available Online

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps committee has released its Federal Advisory Committee report. View and download the complete report.

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