Program Dates: May 21 through August 18, 2018
Living Allowance: $700.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,230.69 upon completion of the program
Legislated nationally as a permanent program of the US Forest Service in 1974, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) engages young people in paid work on needed conservation projects while providing environmental education opportunities that allow them to "learn while they earn." In 2017, the US Forest Service is partnering with MCC to offer the program by engaging MCC members as Crew Leaders to YCC crews.
YCC Leaders will be based out of the Northern Rockies region in Kalispell, MT, the Western Wildlands region in Missoula, MT, or the Central Divide region in Helena, MT. for their 3 weeks of training. Leaders based in Kalispell will be placed in either the Libby, Eureka, or Cabinet Ranger Districts in the Kootenai National Forest, or based in Kalispell to work in the Flathead National Forest. Leaders in Missoula will head to the Plains or Thompson Falls Ranger Districts on the Lolo National Forest or the Bitterroot National Forest. Leaders in Helena will be based out of the Townsend Ranger District in the Helena National Forest. Each co-leading pair will lead a crew of 6-7 local high school age participants on a variety of conservation based projects, from trail work to fencing to campground and fire lookout maintenance to wildlife surveys. Throughout the summer, leaders will facilitate MCC’s Positive Youth Development based education curriculum while teaching and upholding high expectations for work ethic and work standards. YCC high school crew members return home every evening.
Serving as a YCC Leader with MCC will have a lifelong impact not only on you, but also on the communities, landscapes, and teens enrolled in YCC. You’ll discover unexpected abilities in yourself along with the enduring self-confidence to effectively lead young people toward accomplishing even the most challenging tasks. In the end, it is your commitment to serving others, starting with the youth on your crew, that yields the most satisfaction and the greatest enjoyment.