Our participants’ stories


A bright future for Matt Rydstrom

The corps made me a harder worker, I gained better listening skills, and I was able to gain trust of my team. Youth corps helped me grow as an individual.” Read more

From Marine to Firefighter

Corey relates to his fellow veterans who, like him, often miss the camaraderie and physical activity they experienced in the military. Read more

Education a driving force

Eddica truly cares about not only creating a more beautiful state, but also bettering the lives of corps members.” Read more

First “Pathways” Student Started as CYCA/BLM Intern

Michael’s cultural resources inventory of BLM lands perfectly complements his graduate studies in archaeology at Colorado State University-Fort Collins. Read more

Young Transplants from Ukraine Find Rewards in Youth Corps

I liked it because I met new people and got to work in my first job. I got my first paycheck and have my own bank account.” Read more

Sarah Castaneda: A Firefighting Hot Shot

Requiring extensive training and high physical endurance, Hot Shot crews can respond to wildland fire incidents in any U.S. jurisdiction. It’s hard work, but Sarah thrives on it. Read more

Justin Quintana-Scott: Paying it Forward

A member of the Apache and Navajo Indian tribes, Justin is studying wildlife biology (he made the Dean’s List this year) and has dreams of working for the Division of Parks and Wildlife. Read more

Kyle Sullivan: An Eye for Environmental Education

As public affairs specialist for the BLM’s Colorado State Office, Kyle is creating a comprehensive outdoor and environmental education program for field offices across the state. Read more

Janari McCampbell: A Constant Positive Force

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. Read more

Sam’s on Track

Sam grew up with a history of crime involvement, drugs and with many male family members sentenced to life in prison. He has not let those barriers define who he is. Read more