The Trustees of Reservations five Youth Conservation Corps programs offer high-quality jobs and educational opportunities for youth, offering them an experience in environmentally-based, conservation and agricultural activities. The goal? To inspire them to care for their local open spaces. YCC projects are often designed in response to community needs and developed in partnership with local organizations and citizen groups. Youth from age 15 to 19 (depending on the program) work outdoors, as part of a team, learning about group dynamics, and exploring “green” career paths.
Youth Corps members build:
- Knowledge and skills in ecology, agriculture, and environmental management
- A connection to the natural world
- Positive work attitudes and good work habits
- Leadership, self-esteem, and sense of teamwork
- Civic engagement and connections in their home communities
- An interest in pursuing challenging academic and career interests
Eligible YCC members:
- Have a strong interest in outdoor work and learning about nature and the environment
- Demonstrate maturity, dependability, leadership potential, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Have good interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
- Are committed to being on time
- Are ready to get dirty
- Want to make a difference in their community
The Trustees of Reservations YCC’s operate regionally and are led by seasoned educators.