Summer Youth Corps

At a Glance



Age Ranges

15-18 (Youth), 19-35 (AmeriCorps)


  • AmeriCorps member eligibility:
    • US Citizen, national, or permanent resident
    • No more than three prior AmeriCorps service terms
    • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
    • Must pass a criminal history check consisting of a National Sex Offender Public Website check, a state criminal history check, and a fingerprint-based FBI check. Passing the criminal history check is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPW and no history of violent offenses on the state or FBI checks
    • Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community
    • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service
  • Youth participants must be willing to live outdoors and work hard on a team with peers from all different backgrounds

Interest Areas

  • Camping
  • Habitat Management & Improvement
  • Parks
  • Prairie Restoration
  • Trail Building & Maintenance
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Summer Youth Corps (SYC) is a residential summer work program for youth, ages 15-18, led by AmeriCorps members, ages 19-35.

Crew members receive environmental and job-skills training while working in crews with other high school youth and two AmeriCorps crew leaders. Crew members live, work, and play together in this residential program from early-July to mid-August while conserving natural spaces and improving parks throughout Minnesota and neighboring states.

Summer Youth Corps is dedicated to accessibility for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community and runs an American Sign Language (ASL) crew. Since the late 1970s, Summer Youth Corps crews and all education/recreation activities have been inclusive, with ASL interpreters.

AmeriCorps crew leaders grow personally and professionally during their summer service term while gaining hands-on skills in conservation and youth development fields. Crew leaders train and supervise crew members on project work and also lead one hour of education activities Monday through Friday, along with engaging youth in recreational activities on the weekends. AmeriCorps Crew Leaders are responsible for encouraging the development of good work habits and basic skills such as work safety, environmental knowledge, and “leave no trace” principles.

Young adults, ages 19-35, who join our Summer Youth Corps program are committing to a full-time AmeriCorps experience for a 2.5-month term to serve their community through environmental stewardship and youth engagement.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses challenges in our communities through the dedicated service of its members. AmeriCorps members serve directly with nonprofit organizations (like Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa) to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. Members join to give back to their communities while gaining a foundation of marketable skills for natural resource careers.