If not this summer, then maybe next summer…investigate Northwest Youth Corps, Young Adult Programs and Conversation Corps to learn how you can make a difference in your life AND in the world!
With COVID-19 drastically altering our lives and the school schedule, Northwest Youth Corps is an experience that will provide high school credit recovery opportunities, a paid job-training experience and career development skills, as well as an opportunity for members to get out of the house and into the outdoors this summer. They are implementing top field practices to keep members safe and healthy during the pandemic, including quarantining and placing crews away from community centers.
Northwest Youth Corps was founded in 1984 to offer teenagers an education-based work experience modeled after the historic Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s. The programs include residential conservation crews for both youth and young adults, local community crews, an internship program for college aged participants, a fully accredited high school, and a two-acre organic farm. The goal of these programs is to provide youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds the skills and experience they need to lead full lives.
The youth program is available for members between the ages of 14-19 and is split into two models. Community programs are based out of Eugene, Springfield, Hebo and Portland, OR, as well as Tacoma and Olympia, WA, and are operated during the day. The camping program is available for members 16+ and provides all participants with a rewarding outdoor leadership experience. Camping programs often work in remote settings and are based out of Eugene, OR; Lake Wenatchee, WA; and Boise, ID. Crews camp for the duration of their experience. Whether community or camping, crews complete necessary conservation projects with program partners including trail maintenance, invasive species removal, habitat restoration, tree plantings and much more. Program partners include the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and many non-Federal partners.
There are many benefits of joining a Northwest Youth Corps experience; all members are paid a non-taxed stipend for their work, youth members are eligible to receive high school credit, this work is a great service across beautiful public lands and the experience is a great resume boost to build a future career.
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