Crewleaders Dig in the Dirt and Learn From the Best
Seventy-five youth corps crewleaders gathered at Golden Gate Canyon State Park May 24-28, 2010 to learn and work with some of the best stewardship instructors in the state. CYCA collaborated with the Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI), a program of Volunteers
OSI Instructors and crewleader trainees work together to clear a trail corridor.
for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), to bring experts in the field and youth corps staff together to provide high quality work for sponsors and give corpsmembers a life-changing experience.
The crewleader trainees learned to construct and maintain trails and wire fencing and learned the basics of ecological restoration, among other accomplishments.
Thank you to everyone who made this training run so smoothly – Golden Gate Canyon State Park staff, VOC/OSI staff and volunteers, and youth corps staff. Thank you also to our sponsors - Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado State Trails, and Colorado State Parks.
See 2010 Crewleader Training Photos here… Read a blog entry from about the Training here...
CYCA Welcomes VISTA Summer Associate
CYCA welcomes Angela Shugarts as our new Outreach and Communication Coordinator through the VISTA Summer Associate program. Angela will support our media, public relations, social networking, and stakeholder communications work. Angela just returned from Limerick, Ireland where she spent a semester studying abroad. She is a senior at Regis University majoring in Communication with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Angela has interned with CBS4 News, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, and the Denver Justice and Peace Committee. She is very active on campus, serving as Associate Editor and contributing writer for Regis University’s student newspaper The Highlander, chapter president of the Jesuit Honors Society Alpha Sigma Nu and member of the Communication Honors Society Lambda Phi Eta. Angela can be reached at email@example.com or 303-868-6294 (mobile). VISTA Summer Associates Fan out Across Colorado Summer is here and so are the new VISTA Summer Associates! Nineteen Summer Associates are serving, through CYCA’s Good Works for Youth VISTA program, for eight-weeks each throughout the state, providing invaluable service to their communities. CYCA is excited to see what “cool” projects they are working on with their respective host sites as summer heats up.
2010 VISTA Summer Associates: >Bluff Lake Nature Center - Rachel Steel >Colorado Division of Wildlife Project WILD - Trudy Thi Vo & Renee Papazian >Colorado Youth Corps Association - Angela Shugarts >Eagle River Youth Coalition - Maria Blohoweak >Groundwork Denver - Amanda Horvath & Danny Trujillo >Larimer County Youth Conservation Corps - Emily Hessler & Damian Trost >Rocky Mountain Youth Corps - Shannon Lane, Rachael Pareya, Jordan Schell, & Brett Cornish >Southwest Conservation Corps - Four Corners - Crystal Livingston, Angelo McHorse, and Chris Elias >Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado - Sean Buck & Tay Dunklee >Western Colorado Conservation Corps - William Bradley
Youth Corps Reach Middle Schoolers with Learn & Serve Program
A Southwest Conservation Corps Learn and Serve crew in Salida, Colorado.
This summer, 410 middle school kids will get their first conservation corps experience thanks to the Learn & Serve America Summer of Service program.Six youth corps in Colorado and the Southwest are participating (Western Colorado Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps, Weld County Youth Conservation Corps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps-Colorado, Canyon Country Youth Corps, and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps-Taos).
The Learn & Serve program provides youth, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, with service-learning experiences to increase their civic, academic and leadership skills while meeting local environmental and disaster preparedness needs. Each participant who completes at least 100 hours of service earns an educational award of $500 to pay for educational expenses for up to ten years after their service.
Corps anticipate hiring an additional 390 participants next summer, as well.The program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through a grant to the Southwest Conservation Corps.