Youth & Veterans for Colorado
Agency: Colorado Youth Corps Association
Program Description: The Youth & Veterans for Colorado (YVCO) Program engages 373 young adults and veterans in crew-based conservation service projects at 6 service locations across the state: Mile High Youth Corps (Denver); Mile High Youth Corps-Southern Front Range (Colorado Springs); Weld County Youth Conservation Corps (Greeley); Larimer County Conservation Corps (Fort Collins); Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (Steamboat Springs); and Western Colorado Conservation Corps (Grand Junction). AmeriCorps members with the YVCO program, whether in 10-person crews, mini-crews, or single-site placements, engage in a variety of activities critical to the health, safety, and economy of the state including: flood mitigation and erosion control, wildfire mitigation, trail construction and maintenance, riparian restoration, and energy and water conservation. These activities will directly address critical needs in Colorado, such as providing critical vocational training and Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards that will increase post-service employment and educational opportunities, maintaining heavily-used recreation infrastructure that is critical to the economic health of local communities, and reducing the threat of devastating wildfires.
- 1,521 acres of public lands treated and 356 miles of trails or waterways treated and/or constructed.
- 1,512 low-income housing units weatherized or retrofitted to improve energy and water efficiency, equating to 77.31 Olympic-sized pools of water being conserved and 127 cars being removed from the roadways each year.
- 148 economically disadvantaged National Service Participants who were unemployed prior to their terms of service were engaged. Of those 148 members, 69 enrolled in school and 40 secured employment within 3-months post-corps.
Program Contact: Brandon Watkins, Associate Director of the Colorado Youth Corps Association, Bwatkins@cyca.org