For the third year, MobilizeGreen, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, will offer a residential Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program where participants live and work together as a team to learn skills that lead to “jobs that matter.” This year’s program will be held for three weeks beginning June 10th at Camp Horseshoe in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. The program planned to host and train some 60 young adults from across the country.
The participants were selected from over 350 applicants, all with diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged youth from urban and rural communities across the country. The activities include: restoration and preservation projects—particularly of historic structures, other repair and construction projects, trail construction, campsite restoration, fence and bridge construction, boundary marking signage, exotic plant removal to protect native plants, reclamation of hazardous and abandoned building materials, and stream restoration projects. “These programs build knowledge, leadership skills, and experience-muscles for the participants. We are especially grateful this year for our sponsor partners, such as REI, who supplied sleeping bags for the participants,” said MobilizeGreen Founder, Leah Allen.
Last year, MobilizeGreen YCC participants served over 7600 hours within the 2017 summer program, and MobilizeGreen Interns served over 123,000 hours in environmental service internships.MobilizeGreen has already won several awards, most recently the FY2017 National Volunteers & Service Cultural Diversity Award given by the USDA Forest Service. Additional information and contacts are available at www.mobilizegreen.org