As our monsoon season rolls in, so do the youth development programs that makeup our nation’s service and conservation corps. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), based in Taos, along with the Corps Network in D.C., provide leadership, education, workforce training, and community projects across the country. We are proud to be Northern New Mexico’s legacy in this effort.

This year we’re celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the program from which conservation corps’ of today are descended. The CCC enrolled over 3 million Americans during the Great Depression to work on conservation, defense, flood, and forest protection projects in every state, including New Mexico. They provided inspiration for the Corps Network’s 127 affiliates, including RMYC, which enroll a total of 27,000 youth each year.

We hope you will visit a park or public space in our community and think about the contributions of the CCC, and of our youth, who work to ensure a healthier and more accessible community for you and your family. This year RMYC has crews working in Bandelier National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Carson National Forest, Rocky Mountain National Park, Abiquiu Lake State Park, Santa Fe National Forest, and the Río Grande National Monument.

This summer RMYC is employing over 70 youth in communities from Abiquiu to Ratón. Our projects include trail construction and maintenance, wildfire prevention and thinning, as well as weatherization and disaster response services. RMYC is proud to honor the CCC and carry on this tradition of service!

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