Western Colorado Conservation Corps' Veteran Fire Crew on KJCT8 Western Colorado Conservation Corps' Veteran Fire Crew on KJCT8. Check out the video here

 

Royal Bank of Canada invests $10,000 in the Colorado River, named "most endangered", through a collaboration with Conservation Lands Foundation, WCCC and CYCA.   Press release.

 

CNN - Veterans Join War Against Wildfires CNN - Veterans Join War Against Wildfires (Southwest Conservation Corps’ Veterans Fire Corps). Check out the video here

 

Colorado Lottery Supports Youth Corps

 

The work is challenging, but fun and rewarding. The team building we do really brings the team closer together.
 

- Chris Munson, crew member,
Boulder County Youth Corps

 

  • GOCO Announces $500,000 in Funding for 2015 Youth Corps Projects
    Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) have announced that a RFP is available for $500,000 in GOCO/Lottery funds for open space, local government, and land trust organizations to hire youth conservation corps. In addition to public parks and open spaces, youth corps projects can occur on private lands protected by a conservation easement.
    The RFP application deadline is Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 4:00 pm MDT. Successful projects will be announced in December 2014 and crews will complete the approved work in 2015. Matching funds/ support are not required, but encouraged. Applicants can apply for youth corps crews (ages 16-25) to complete a variety of stewardship projects.
  • To view the full RFP, click More information
  • CYCA Announces Associate Director position.
    Essential Functions: The Associate Director is the primary staff person to oversee all CYCA programs, internal operations, and member services. The Associate Director serves the needs of accredited youth conservation corps and other partners to advance the youth corps movement as well as maintain and enhance quality programs for Colorado’s youth and young adults.Click here for full job descriptionClick here for CYCA Application Form
  • GOCO Announces $500,000 in Funding for 2015 Youth Corps Projects
    Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) have announced that a RFP is available for $500,000 in GOCO/Lottery funds for open space, local government, and land trust organizations to hire youth conservation corps. In addition to public parks and open spaces, youth corps projects can occur on private lands protected by a conservation easement.
    The RFP application deadline is Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 4:00 pm MDT. Successful projects will be announced in December 2014 and crews will complete the approved work in 2015. Matching funds/ support are not required, but encouraged. Applicants can apply for youth corps crews (ages 16-25) to complete a variety of stewardship projects.
  • To view the full RFP, click More information
  • CYCA Announces Associate Director position.
    Essential Functions: The Associate Director is the primary staff person to oversee all CYCA programs, internal operations, and member services. The Associate Director serves the needs of accredited youth conservation corps and other partners to advance the youth corps movement as well as maintain and enhance quality programs for Colorado’s youth and young adults.Click here for full job descriptionClick here for CYCA Application Form
  • Corpsmembers work in riparian areas clearing tamarisk, Russian olive or other invasive species that interfere with the vitality of natural habitats. They also work in the homes of low-income residents installing water-efficient showerheads and toilets.
  • Corpsmembers work on federal, state, and local public spaces, grasslands, forests, campsites, historic landmarks and recreational sites to restore habitat, construct trails, remove non-native species and reduce fire fuels. Corpsmembers also conduct GPS data capture and verification.
  • Youth corps teach job-readiness and leadership skills with the goal of creating productive young citizens ready for the workforce. While in a corps, a member can receive high school or college credits or prepare to take their GED. They are also eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award from $1,132 to $5,350 for college, trade school, or student loans.
  • Youth corps address critical energy needs for cities and rural areas while providing work and service opportunities for young adults. Teams perform energy audits in the homes of low-income Coloradans, install compact fluorescents, refer homes for weatherization assistance, and build affordable housing using green construction methods.
  • Youth corps offer seasonal and year-round employment to young people who have a desire to work. Members receive competitive wages and technical training and experience, but also learn the skills needed to be self-sufficient. Corps provide services that prepare our state’s young people for a competitive workforce.
  • Corpsmembers learn skills that enable them to deal with the challenges of everyday life. Part of the workday is spent in groups learning money-management, independent living, organizational and leadership skills.
  • Corpsmembers protect natural resources, preserve wildlife habitat and learn how their own actions affect the environment. They spend part of their work day learning about environmental topics important for our state, including Leave No Trace, energy and water conservation, land use, fire danger, invasive species, and population growth.
  • The Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) is a statewide coalition of accredited youth conservation corps that employ and train youth and young adults on land, water, and energy conservation projects. Youth corps are a proven strategy for engaging young people in service to their communities and stewardship of their environment while cultivating valuable skills to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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