Youth Programs for the Southwest Conservation Corps, Los Valles Region are 4-5 week programs designed to engage local youth in their communities and provide them with meaningful work and job skills. Crews consist of 8 members with 2 crew leaders who have completed 8 weeks of technical and leadership training. Crews work 8-4:30 M-F. M-Th members work at the project site and F is an optional education day. During weeks 1-4, crew members work in their local community and come home. The 5th week will be out of the county and the crew will camp out. High school crews play a vital part in their communities by working on local projects, such as, invasive plant species removal, painting signs and fences, trail maintenance and construction, habitat improvement projects, and road, bridge, parks and open space clean ups. Crew members must be willing to work under the leadership of their crew leaders, be on-time each day, perform hard physical labor throughout the summer season in a variety of weather conditions, wear a uniform and personal protective equipment everyday, and participate in group activities and end of the day debriefs. Getting dirty, hot, and sweaty are norms for the program and members must be willing to 'get dirty' to get the work done. Along with technical skills, crew members will participate in education days to make the work meaningful and promote environmental stewardship. They will also learn effective communication, leadership skills, how to work in a team, work ethic, and the importance of civic engagement.
Session 1 (May 28 - June 29)
Rio Grande/Mineral Counties
Session 2 (July 9 - August 10)
Members must be able to walk, hike, stand and perform manual labor during the summer season in Colorado. Members must be able to tolerate heat, altitude, rain, dirt and physical activities. Members must also be willing to work as a team member and follow instructions from a crew leaders. Members must be able to commit to a full day 8:00- 4:30 M-F for the full length of the 4 week program. They are required to bring their own lunch, snacks, water bottles, rain/cold weather gear and work boots. Members must be able to be away from home and be without cell phones or technology while working or camped out.
No experience is required but members must be willing to meet the expectations listed above.