The High School Leadership Corps provides work opportunities for Colorado high school youth (ages 13-17) in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests. Youth members serve for 12-days in an immersive camping experience. During the 12-days, member complete various conservation projects alongside land management agencies, participate in outdoor education, leadership training, and career development activities, and live within Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2019, the Conservancy will host two crews of ten youth members each. One crew will serve from June 3-14 and the second from July 15-26. The Conservancy provides members with all necessary gear, food, housing, work clothing, and a $400 stipend upon completion of the program. More information, including application materials, can be found at: https://rmconservancy.org/
The Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps program providing work opportunities to young adults, (ages 18-25) in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests. Members serve for 11 weeks on a crew of 4-5 members with a crew leader. Crews work alongside the National Park Service and US Forest Service on trails, habitat restoration, and historic preservation projects. Additionally, the Conservancy provides training, education, and career development for all crew members throughout the season. The Conservancy provides all members with work clothing, work boots, gear, housing, a $300/week living stipend, and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. More information, including application materials, can be found at: https://rmconservancy.org/
In addition to the professional benefits of these programs for youth, both Corps opportunities also help participants develop leadership and communication skills, improve team work, and advance their personal growth through trainings, goal setting, and ongoing one-on-one feedback.