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.
It’s easy to see a corpsmember install a fence, build a trail, or cut down a beetle-kill tree. But what you might not witness is the lives that are being changed – whether it be a 14-year-old who has never had a job, an 18-year-old who left high school to care for younger siblings and work to support his family, a 24-year-old graduate student striving for her first natural resources job, or a veteran just back from war and now fighting wildfires. Youth conservation corps don’t just conserve Colorado’s land, water, and energy resources – they change lives.
With youth and young adult unemployment at 16% and as many as nine applications for every one available position, youth corps are needed now more than ever.