|CORPSMEMBER HIGHLIGHT - JOSE RUIZ
Jose Ruiz, a corpsmember with the Larimer County Youth Conservation Corps (LCYCC) Energy Program, was the only bilingual employee on his crew and helped translate for the Spanish-speaking residents who received energy efficiency and weatherization services from the crew. Jose was unemployed before joining the program but was excited to start working again. Through his employment with the LCYCC, Jose, his wife, and 16 month old son were able to move into their first apartment. With a new found sense of accomplishment, confidence, transferable skills, and an AmeriCorps Education Award under his belt, Jose is currently pursuing his GED and hopes to work as a mechanic.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INSPIRES SERVICE
The Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps (SSCYC) launched its first “Summer of Service” program in partnership with the National Park Service this summer. The goal of the program is to give youth and young adults who may not have the opportunity to even visit a National Park the chance to live and work in one. The week-long outdoor immersion program includes recreational and environmental education components – and stewardship work, of course! Teaming up with Rocky Mountain National Park trail crews, corpsmembers worked on trail construction and maintenance, tree stump removal, bridge building, and rock wall construction. Overall, the crew completed about 1,300 feet of trail work and removed nine tree stumps. The program proved to be a life changing experience for corpsmembers, many of whom developed a greater interest in Park Service career opportunities. One young man in particular started his SSCYC session with the goal of becoming a city bus driver; however, after completing the project his goal changed - he is now eager to work for the Park Service. Western Colorado Conservation Corps and Mile High Youth Corps-Colorado Springs also operated Summer of Service programs funded by the National Park Service, Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.
FAMILY FOUNDATION FUNDS SUMMER CREW
Members of the Clinton Family; Mike King, Director of the Colo Dept of Natural Resources; and State Parks officials visit the Gatekeeper crew.
Thanks to the Clinton Family Foundation, the Mile High Youth Corps’ Gatekeeper crew is working all summer tackling trails at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. In addition to funding the crew’s work, the Foundation outfitted the crew with a fully stocked backcountry camp. According to Michael Allen, MHYC projects manager, the crew is working primarily to re-route a portion of the popular Mule Deer Trail. For more information, visit MHYC’s blog, read about the partnership in the media, or take a virtual tour of MHYC’s backcountry camp.
MHYC and CYCA thank the Clinton Family Foundation and Colorado State Parks for making this public-private partnership possible.