Summer Youth Corps
The Summer Youth Corps connects teenagers to the natural environment through hands-on conservation, and it empowers young people to become active, engaged citizens.
The 2013 programs run June 15 - July 13 and July 20 - August 17. Youth are hired for one of the two 4-week sessions. After several days of training, youth travel as a crew to projects throughout Minnesota and other states, working 8:30 to 5, Monday through Friday.
Activities include managing natural resources in parks and public lands and participating in daily training and education. Weekends and evenings are filled with recreational activities such as canoeing, fishing, games, relaxing, and visiting historic places.
Youth receive an average weekly stipend of $190 plus room and board.
Enrollment is open to youth, from all cultures, backgrounds and experiences, who are 15 to 18 years old when the program starts. Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth represent 15-20% of our participants. For almost 20 years, we’ve operated inclusive crews with ASL interpreters, and all our projects and education/recreation activities are inclusive.
Youth gain job and career planning skills and learn about ecology, sustainability, water and land management, food production, American Sign Language and Minnesota natural history. They also laugh, have fun and make a difference!
To join the Corps, you must be willing to work hard on teams with youth from diverse backgrounds and live outdoors. We foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, team unity and leadership.
Or, contact the program coordinator:
Conservation Corps Minnesota
60 Plato Blvd. E. Ste 210,
Saint Paul, MN 55107
The Summer Youth Corps is made possible by:
• Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
• Andersen Corporate Foundation
• Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation
• Laura Jane Musser Fund
• SmartWool Advocacy Fund
• Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community