|CORPSMEMBER HIGHLIGHT - CASEY KRATZER
When Casey Kratzer applied to the Weld County Youth Conservation Corps (WCYCC) in the spring of 2009, he was looking for two things – a job and his GED. He didn’t get the job, but instead was encouraged to take GED courses through the Weld County Workforce Center and re-apply for a summer position at the corps. It was clear that Casey wanted the job. He studied very hard toward his GED and finally landed a summer 2009 corpsmember position supported through the Department of Labor’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.
Casey Kratzer hard at work pulling invasive weeds for a native grass restoration project in Evans, Colorado
Casey’s work ethic, which he gained while growing up on a farm, earned him a reputation among crewleaders and his fellow corpsmembers as the hardest worker on the crew. With a little help from the corps, and hard work and perseverance on his part, Casey is on the path to a bright future. Casey succeeded in getting his GED in August and was promoted to a fall 2009 AmeriCorps crew funded by ARRA. Congratulations to Casey!
CYCA Welcomes new VISTA Leader
Patrick Magee-Jenks recently joined CYCA as a VISTA Leader. Patrick, a Denver native, completed his first VISTA year with Mental Health America of Colorado helping to coordinate after- and in-school programs that involved at-risk students learning hip hop media as creative self expression. He studied sociology at Whittier College in California and has a background in program evaluation and social research methods. Patrick will support 40 VISTA volunteers throughout the state in CYCA's Good Works for Youth program and will also manage a number of education initiatives for CYCA. Patrick lives near Washington Park in Denver with his partner and their precious little dog. Patrick can be reached at 303-863-8095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCYC launches Energy Corps
In 2008, the Boulder County Youth Corps (BCYC) collaborated with Longmont Power & Communications to field crews to install compact fluorescent light bulbs. This pilot project was so successful that BCYC is now launching an Energy Corps.
The Energy Corps will operate during the off-season months from the popular summer Youth Corps program. BCYC will employ five corpsmembers, five Assistant Team Leaders, and one Team Leader to complete hundreds of basic residential energy audits in Boulder County on Saturdays. The Energy Corps is a partnership between the Boulder County Youth Corps, the Boulder County Commissioner's Sustainability Initiative/Climate Smart, and Longs Peak Energy Conservation (an agency of Boulder County Housing and Human Services). For more details or for hiring info, click here.