What’s in Store for Recreationalists: Thank You, REI

Did you know that CYCA’s partnership with REI not only expands opportunities to engage youth and young adults but directly boosts funding for critical projects across the state? REI’s most recent grant of $30,000 will support outdoor places with projects that improve accessibility to trails in Colorado Springs, Summit County, Denver and Larimer County thisGo to Article

Alum’s Warrior Spirit Carries On

Every day we see the impacts of corps on the people we serve. But it’s a special treat when corps members take time to write to us about their corps experience and what they are up to now! Judy Wolfe, program manager at Boulder County Youth Corps, was delighted to receive the following note fromGo to Article

In the Works: Upcoming Colorado Parks & Wildlife Projects

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has allocated $500,000 to Colorado Parks & Wildlife to engage conservation corps on projects beginning July 1 (hey, that’s today!). The funding is part of an annual GOCO commitment totaling $1 million, of which half goes toward Local Government & Open Space corps projects. CYCA is excited to leverage this fundingGo to Article

The Corps Report | April 2019

A New Lease on Life Ben Lerner didn’t grow up in the outdoors. But after six months supporting Rocky Mountain National Park service projects with Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC), Ben, 28, feels he has “a new lease on life.” Born and raised in the New Jersey suburbs, Ben was accustomed to the complicated waysGo to Article

The Corps Report | Feb. 2019

Kyle Sullivan: From Corps Member to Mojave Trails Manager Corpsmember? Check. CYCA’s 2011 Corpsmember of the Year? Check. Master’s degree in environmental policy and management? Check. Internship with the Bureau of Land Management? Check. Permanent job with the BLM? Check! Kyle Sullivan’s career path couldn’t have been more direct. As an alum of Weld CountyGo to Article

The Corps Report | Dec. 2018

Crew Leadership: Balancing Professionalism with Friendship Rachel McKay didn’t set out to be a crew leader. Yet, when Western Colorado Conservation Corps (WCCC) offered her the position, she decided to step up for the challenge. “I saw this opportunity as a good growing experience. I wanted to test it out,” says Rachel. That drive toGo to Article

The Corps Report | Sept. 2018

Brock Goode Isn’t Taking Things for Granted Brock Goode grew up in the Salida area, doing a lot of camping and spending time outdoors. But he had never really thought about all the effort that goes into building a trail – until he discovered Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC)-Los Valles. Brock joined SCC at age 15 whenGo to Article

The Corps Report | July 2018

Trails Don’t Just Appear – They Take Hard Work Trails Don’t Just Appear – They Take Hard Work Brock Tausan spent his growing-up years fly-fishing and experiencing the Colorado wilderness. When he set out to apply for summer opportunities, he knew he wanted to be outdoors, and happily stumbled across a corpsmember opening at LarimerGo to Article

The Corps Report | May 2018

Stumbling into Corps, Skating toward the Future Max DeSalvo grew up in a concrete jungle: the suburbs of Chicago. However, seemingly born with a natural inclination to spend time outdoors, he got out – into his neighborhood, at least – every chance he could get. “I know Chicago’s parks like the back of my hand.”Go to Article

The Corps Report | March 2018

On a Mission for Change Not so long ago, Lauyona Booker walked by the Community College of Denver (CCD) campus, thinking to herself, “I wish I could go to that school.” But she didn’t believe college was in the cards for her, having grown up with learning disabilities and in poverty. Now, thanks to encouragementGo to Article