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2015 Pathways Dinner & Auction!


























Work safe. Take pride. Make a difference. Join Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for their annual Pathways Dinner on October 15th at Old Martina’s Hall. Celebrate 21 years of helping youth find the path to success with a fantastic meal, silent and live auctions, raffles and more. One night to make a big difference in the lives of our community’s youth. Feel free to call the office at 575.751.1420 or BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE:





National Forest Foundation Funding

National Forest Foundation

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) is fortunate to have foundations which consistently support environmental projects within northern New Mexico.  Annually, these foundations provide RMYC the opportunity to leverage National Forest Foundation funding through the Matching Awards Program. This grant offers an opportunity to blend the needs of the environment with the needs of local youth, offering meaningful employment while restoring the scenic recreational trails within the Santa Fe National Forest.


This last summer, RMYC Conservation Programs restored 16.5 miles of recreational trails with the Santa Fe National Forest, Espanola and  Las Vega Ranger Districts. This area has suffered from significant damage due the Jaroso Fire in 2013, resulting in habitat destruction, erosion damage, and trail damage.  Over the course of four, 8-day work ‘spikes’  RMYC crews addressed these ecological and recreation issues all the while building respect and learning about the impact of fire on the ecosystem.


Although spending eight days in the back country of the Pecos Wilderness may sound like a dream job for some, this is extremely intense work.  Hiking 70+ lbs backpacks 6 miles in to the forest is not easy, add to this 10 hour work days, hail force wind, limited food provisions, and rugged terrain.  You can only imagine the challenges these crews faced.  The payoff is priceless; the immense sense of accomplishment after building a built-proof rock wall, the pride that you and your crew feel at the end of a long day, and the personal triumph that you feel when you arrive safe and sound at the vehicle and you finally can take the pack off!


This is not easy work and the crews of RMYC deserve a round of applause for their efforts!




Congratulations 2015 Conservation Crews!

Congratulations!Congratulations goes out to our Conservation Crews #2  and #3 for Graduating and completing their terms of service.  Pictured in crew #2 are Shane Welch, Walker Frantz-Greene, Mercer Lewis, Michael Cabral Jr., Max Fresquez, Patrick Hilton Crew Supervisor, Paula Archuleta, and Emily Ann Perrino, (not pictured, Benjamin Mack).  Pictured in crew #3 are Mark Lorenzo, Emily Bruchmiller, Josh Dresden, Matthew Roeder, Wyatt Lane Crew Supervisor, Andrew Riggs, Breanna Ryan, and April Sandia, (not pictured, Julian Sanchez).




PNM Power Up Grant Award Winners!

Congratulations, to all PNM Power Up Grant award winners! Today the PNM Resources Foundation announced the recipients of almost $500,000! Grants ranging from $9,000 to $20,000 were awarded to 27 nonprofits throughout New Mexico to fund projects that build vibrant communities. Pictured here are the Albuquerque recipients which includes A Park Above, Albuquerque Academy,Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, Center of Southwest Culture,Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM), Kirtland Youth Association, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, McLeod Mountainside YMCA, New Mexico BioPark Society, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (Taos), Savila Collaborative, and Tricklock Company.




April 2015 RMYC Service Day

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crew members, Learning Lab students and staff helped out at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, by constructing the frame for a new greenhouse, filling sandbags for the upcoming events this windy season, cleaning up around the farm house and planting native plants, moving logs from the Bosque for a future bee hotel project and installing a post for a new weather monitoring station at the refuge BEMP site.




Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ underage drinking reduction initiative, Parents Who Host, Lose The Most (PWH) educates parents and other adults about the health and safety risks of allowing underage drinking.

Some important facts:

  • The human brain continues to develop into the mid-twenties.
  • If alcohol is heavily consumed in adolescence, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory can shrink by about ten percent.
  • When drinking is delayed until age 21, a child’s risk of serious alcohol problems is decreased by 70%.
  • You cannot legally allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.  Parents and other adults can be prosecuted.




2015 Corpsmember of the Year Award Winner!

As one of five young people chosen annually, Jasmine Romero will represent nearly 30,000 youth who participate in Corps programming around the country. Jasmine’s success will be highlighted at the annual Corps Network Conference in Washington, DC in February, where she will also have the chance to meet New Mexico Representatives and Senators and speak about her Corps experience. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is so proud of Jasmine and her personal and professional accomplishments!  




2014 Pathways Dinner & Auction!


We would like to thank everyone for their donation to the 2014 Pathway Dinner. Your contribution allows our organization to continue its work across northern New Mexico.  This money will support the programs and services of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) across northern New Mexico. RMYC inspires young adults to make a difference in themselves and their communities. Through training and team service, RMYC is a stepping stone to new opportunities.




2014 marks the 20th year Carl Colonius has served Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Colonius, one of the co-founders of the organization, will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of 2014. Long time Program Director Ben Thomas will step into the role of Executive Director. Since the first days of RMYC, Carl has made a full commitment to the mission of the Corps. In 20 years, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps has evolved from a concept into a community institution. “I am very proud to be part of the group of committed folks that took a vision, an idea, and developed the organization into what it is today. It was a team effort all the way, from original conceptualization through today.” more …




Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Linda Santana to be Recognized in Washington D.C. as Corpsmember of the Year

DSC_0850ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CORPS is honored to announce that one of its very own Corpsmembers has been selected to represent over 27,000 AmeriCorps volunteers as The Corps Network’s Corpsmember of the Year.  Linda Santana, along with six other outstanding AmeriCorps members across the country, will be recognized at The Corps Network’s 2014 National Conference in Washington D.C. more …




Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service January 15, 2014

mlk2005_longlineDr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”  Rocky Mountain Youth Corps encourages a fresh start to a new year by serving our community and neighbors in a positive and fulfilling Day of Service. “This day of service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community.'” In celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr., Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ AmeriCorps members will partner with Senior Corps Members of Ancianos and the Taos Pueblo Senior Program to dialogue about service, social justice, and volunteerism across the generations and stand UNITED in SERVICE.




RMYC Crews recognized by Forest Service

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps started their second year of work on the forest restoration project in the La Lama hills near Quest in April. The RMYC received a $360,000 grant in 2011 to conduct a thinning project in the area. The thinning project promotes a healthier watershed, prevents catastrophic crowning wildfires, and improves forage for wildlife by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees. The RMYC was recognized by the Regional Forester for the huge success of thinning projects in the Carson National Forest.




Serving our community

Borrego-Mesa-TrailsThe Rocky Mountain Youth Corps provides training and community service opportunities for a diverse population of New Mexico-area youth, ages 16-25. Crews protect, restore, and manage New Mexico’s parks, houses and natural areas while developing essential job skills. Learn more about Rocky Mountain Youth Corps work in our community now!




Stop underage drinking

Reduce underage drinking, DWI and tobaccoRocky Mountain Youth Corps, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health, helps to reduce underage drinking, DWI and tobacco use among young people. To accomplish our goals we raise awareness through media campaigns, support local businesses in reducing underage sales, and collaborate with other entities committed to substance abuse prevention and treatment.




Corpsmembers take the next step into the world of firefighting

Linda bone pilingRocky Mountain Youth Corps members, in partnership with the Forest Guild along with The Nature Conservancy, New Mexico State Lands Office, and local fire departments,participated in the October 2013 Black Lake Fire Training Exchange. Four individuals received their S 100 / 130 / 190 certifications and participated in a five day field training on a 900 acre prescribed burn. Click here for a link David Godwin’s photos from the training.