Rocky Mountain Youth Corp Projects
Land managers and conservationists frequently face limited resources to complete high-priority projects; they also frequently encounter a workforce that is dwindling, aging, poorly trained, or simply too small. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps aims to address these challenges by engaging and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. RMYC's program employs local youth, ages 17-25, who work in crews to complete high-priority conservation projects on public lands. By partnering with local government and non-governmental agencies and organizations, RMYC can leverage expertise and funding sources that increases the capacity of land managers, while simultaneously training youth in technical and life skills. Jordan will provide an overview of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' program and mission. Youth Crew members, Rachel Hendrix. Dakota Dominguez and Charisa Bell will then describe three current projects--McEwen Pond Restoration, Cedro Creek Hydrological Restoration, and Urban Tree Canopy Improvements--and the impact of this work on their lives and potential career paths.