July 28, 2010-Visitors and avid hikers to the Salmon-Challis National Forest may catch a glimpse of a group of 10 youth bearing Orange hardhats, swinging hand tools, and sweating away in blue long sleeve work shirts. The hard working group of 16-19 years old are part of a crew from Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), the regions biggest youth conservation program.
Luckily, the Pistol-Creek trail in the Salmon-Challis National Forest is getting special attention from the eager group of youth. The project, sponsored by the US Forest Service, will have youth fix trail structures, repair damaged areas, and remove unwanted vegetation along the popular trail.
The group, primarily Idaho youth, come from all parts of the state. While social trends indicate environmental issues are increasing importance to the public, and with youth unemployment rates hovering at over 20%, Northwest Youth Corps programs are a perfect match to bridge the divide. In Idaho, NYC has seen a 75% increase in local Idaho applicants. This year alone, NYC will provide more than a 100 jobs in Idaho.
Each year NYC offers more than 1,000 youth the chance to earn money through conservation work, plus the opportunity to live in some of the most beautiful parts of the Pacific Northwest, travel, make new friends, get into shape, and earn high school credit! This year the program has had more Idaho youth involved in Northwest Youth Corps than ever seen in NYC’s 26 year history.
Watch for this crew of enthusiastic NYC teenagers this summer. They are excited about what they do and proud of their high quality of work. If you see them on the trail this season – make sure to say hello!
Youth interested in joining Northwest Youth Corps can join us again this Fall in Idaho! We are now hiring for our Fall Conservation Corps. To apply or to learn more about Northwest Youth Corps check out our website www.NorthwestYouthCorps.org.
Background: Established in 1984, Northwest Youth Corps is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create leaders through teamwork, education, and outdoor conservation work experiences. NYC is the region’s largest and oldest outdoor conservation and youth education program, and serves youth from all backgrounds.