February 8, 2012
Youth Conservation Corps Seeks Applicants
Yellowstone’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is now recruiting for its Summer 2012 program. Approximately 40 teen enrollees will be selected from across the country to participate in this annual program that offers the opportunity to live, work, learn and play in Yellowstone for one month. Application deadline is March 5, 2012.
The program offers two month-long sessions in a residential setting for young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age. In addition to park improvement projects, participants take part in environmental education, recreation, and career-orientation activities.
Whether it’s assisting scientists with exotic plant research, building a footbridge across a creek, or whitewater rafting on a weekend outing, these YCC participants are guaranteed to return home with a summer experience unlike those of their classmates.
At the conclusion of 2011’s first session, one participant had this to say: “It has been one of the best experiences of my life! I’ve never had a job that felt so little like a job. I am so grateful to have been able to live in Yellowstone this way!”
According to YCC coordinators, no previous wilderness experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, getting along well with others, and maintaining a positive attitude are essential for success.
“I could be making more money at home, but I don’t see YCC as a job,” said another 2011 participant. “ I feel like my time here is valuable. I learn things and discover stuff about myself here that I couldn’t back home.”
The Youth Conservation Corps is supported by contributions to the Yellowstone Park Foundation. We are actively seeking support from individuals, corporations and foundations for the YCC program. To learn more, please contact the Yellowstone Park Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.586.6303.