Janari McCampbel a Constant Positive Force
Janari “J.J.” McCampbel knew at just 17 years old that he wanted a job that would allow him to do something “physical” and act on his passion for restoring the environment. He went to Mile High Youth Corps looking for such a job – and with the encouragement of a crewleader who saw Janari’s potential, he was soon on his way to fulfilling his wish. By the end of his first season in 2010, Janari had learned new skills, taken on responsibilities for work he’d never done before, and exceeded all of his crewleader’s expectations.
“JJ works hard at all times and motivates others to do the same. He is a constant positive force,” his crewleader reports.
Janari loved the work so much that he applied for a second season, and this time was given a position on the wilderness camping crew – which made his family nervous. They had concerns about sending Janari to the backcountry for 10 days at a stretch, but Janari persevered. He ultimately convinced his parents to let him give it a try. Once again, Janari continued to thrive and lead, even in a much more challenging environment.
Now 19, Janari is still working with Mile High Youth Corps during the summer months. He has never looked back on his decision to join, and he has seen tangible benefits from his participation, having earned AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling $2,415. Now he is a freshman at Pueblo Community College studying automotive technology.
“The corps experience has had a very positive effect on my life,” Janari says, with a hopeful look toward his future.
PHOTO: Janari McCampbel, Mile High Youth Corps -Colorado Springs, 2011 Corpsmember of the Year
Pathways to Natural Resources Careers
The unemployment rate is 20 percent for youth and young adults, and the young adult poverty rate is 45 percent. These numbers are staggering by themselves. Combined with the knowledge that 50 percent of natural resource agency staff are eligible to retire in the next five years, and enrollment in natural resources degree programs is on the decline nationwide, the time is right to strengthen pathways for natural resources careers. To address these challenges, the Colorado Youth Corps Association and the Bureau of Land Management hosted a Pathways to Natural Resources Summit on February 23, and will meet again on April 24. At the April meeting, we will conduct a resource inventory, identify gaps in resources, and develop an action plan to fill those gaps. To stay up to date on this initiative, contact Grant Sanford at email@example.com Read the February Summit’s final report.
21st Century Conservation Service Corps Meeting Notice
Mark your calendars – the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps committee (a Federal Advisory Committee of America’s Great Outdoors) is coming to town May 1-3. The committee meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Stay tuned for meeting details. View the draft agenda and RSVP to Lisa Young at Lisa_Young@ios.doi.gov.
At its April 12 meeting, the Colorado Youth Corps Association board of directors passed a resolution urging that the current Lottery distribution formula remain intact, so that up to 50 percent stay allocated to the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund, 40 percent to the Conservation Trust Fund, and 10 percent to the Colorado State Parks. Read the resolution.
Board Resolution: Lottery Distribution
New Board Members
The Colorado Youth Corps Association welcomes three new board members this year: Andrew Merritt, district director and advisor for Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman; Kathay Rennels, director of economic development for Colorado State University; and Mark Wertheimer, associate director for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. We are proud to have these new board members join our mission and represent our work! Additionally, CYCA thanks outgoing board member Shanda Vangas, who served from 2007 to 2012.