|BLM INTERN PROGRAM KICK-STARTS CAREERS
A week can change a life. Chi Yun (Jenny) Takaki, a former corpsmember with the Western Colorado Conservation Corps (WCCC) and current Youth Corps Intern with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), decided she wanted to educate the public about environmental conservation after spending just one week learning about sustainable living in the corps. "I am inspired by passionate yet peaceful efforts to educate communities on real conservation." WCCC Executive Director Trevor Wickersham noticed Jenny's exemplary attitude from day one. "Jenny was a model corpsmember," said Wickersham. "She had an extraordinary work ethic, natural leadership, was a good communicator and was eager to help out wherever she could."
Jenny, who has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, is one of 16 interns in the Diversity Internship Program, a partnership between CYCA and the BLM. She is serving as a Recreation Technician, using both her education and youth corps experience to chart a career in natural resources.
The intern program bridges the gap between youth corps service and federal employment and increases the BLM's ability to hire mature, trained young adults into its workforce. Jenny and the other interns will be eligible for consideration for full time employment at the end of the internship term. "This internship partnership has been extraordinarily successful," said the BLM's Colorado Director Helen Hankins. "Epitomizing hope for the future of public land and resource management, these young people bring enthusiasm, ideas and dedication to learning about natural resources and improving the land."
LOTTERY PRODUCES VIDEO, HIGHLIGHTS CORPS/GOCO PARTNERSHIP
Check out this incredible video produced by the Colorado Lottery to witness first-hand the $1 million in Great Outdoors Colorado lottery funds hard at work.
RMYC INSTALLS OAK CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM
Twenty-four young adults from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) spent four weeks this summer building a new trail system for the town of Oak Creek, Colo., one of many projects funded by Great Outdoors Colorado this year. In all, the crew built 4,174 feet of new trail throughout the town, much of which was located on a reclaimed setting pond and in a nearby open space. The trail system will provide recreation opportunities for people of all ages and is part of Oak Creek's Master Recreation Plan.
"Through this project, RMYC forged a new partnership with Oak Creek, as well as with Livewell Colorado, to fund the project," said RMYC's Associate Director, Mark Wertheimer. "The corpsmembers learned how to design trails, install rock steps and walls, build crusher fine paths and plant trees."
VIPs IN THE FIELD
Earlier this month, Colorado Senator Mark Udall took a break from a float trip down the Colorado River to visit a Western Colorado Conservation Corps tamarisk crew.
Additionally, Mile High Youth Corps hosted visits with the Colorado Lottery & other State leaders (Chatfield State Park, September 2011) and Colorado State & Federal leadership (Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, July 2011).
HELLOS & GOODBYES
CYCA welcomes Scott Segerstorm as our new Associate Director! Prior to joining CYCA, Scott worked with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps as the Director of the Conservation Corps; was a Wilderness Ranger and a Wildland Firefighter for Bridger-Teton National Forest in Jackson Hole, WY; and worked for MAG International, supporting the removal of landmines and unexploded ordinances in post-conflict zones. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Roanoke College and is currently completing work on his Masters of Arts at University of Idaho.
CYCA is sad to see two wonderful folks leave our office: Alicia Oletski, the outgoing Associate Director, is moving to San Diego to be with her fiance, James. In Alicia's two years with CYCA, she accomplished four years worth of work! She made great strides in our program implementation, management and reporting. We wish Alicia the best.
Crystal Reed recently completed her term as CYCA's VISTA Leader. With a passion for education, the environment, and helping others achieve their personal and professional goals, Crystal was a great leader to the 25 Good Works for Youth VISTAs throughout the state. Crystal did a wonderful job helping VISTAs network, take advantage of professional development opportunities, and work together to achieve efficiencies for their host sites. We know that she will carry these skills and many more to her next endeavor. Thank you Crystal!