RMYC 2016 Programs
See our Get Involved page for specific program dates and application instructions.
RMYC Conservation Program provides work crews on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to municipalities, agencies, or organizations in need of conservation services. Crews work on public lands, including private lands with public easements. Projects must have long-term community impact, provide educational opportunities, and/or be high priority. Partners include national forest, state lands, local parks and more. Member receive an AmeriCorps living stipend and scholarship for their services.
RMYC runs summer youth crews for 10 weeks each June-August to bolster youth employment opportunities to 16-25 year olds who are interested in a summer work experience. RMYC will run 9 crews in the summer of 2015, more than ever before! Crews will be based in Mora, Abiquiu, Taos and Albuquerque. Crews complete community beautification projects across the state, partnering with NM Youth Conservation Corps, Bandelier National Monument and US Fish and Wildlife
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Learning Lab is a temporary, alternative placement for Taos area middle and high school youth. Students are referred to the Learning Lab for a variety of reasons including: truancy, low grades, poor behavior, and the need for intensive mental health support. While in the Learning Lab, students work on core academic subjects in addition to receiving individual and group counseling daily. Students participate in various community service projects as part of their weekly schedule, while strengthening their personal skills through planned team building activities, conflict resolution workshops, and developing a Code of Ethics for their classroom work. The Learning Lab is run by a licensed Special Education Secondary teacher and a licensed Social Worker, but all of RMYC Upper Rio Grande staff play an important role in these students’ daily lives. Learning Lab students participate in many of the regularly scheduled RMYC-wide activities such as PT, Community Meeting, Service Days, Presentations of Learning and Graduation.
With the support of a grant through NM Department of Health’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP), Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Prevention Program is working to reduce underage drinking, driving while intoxicated, and alcohol outlet density in Taos, NM. Using environmental strategies such as radio and print PSAs; Responsible Beverage Service training for bartenders and waitstaff; and working with local law enforcement officials on saturation patrols and DWI checkpoints, RMYC strengthens the community’s perception of risk and consequence for harmful substance use. Additionally, RMYC staff administer two statewide community surveys per year for Taos, one that measures the general population’s perception of risk and consequence, the other that measures local middle school and high school youth risk and resiliency factors. Data from these surveys is shared nation-wide.
The Training Department is the internal training provider for RMYC which also offers its expertise to community partners. RMYC’s challenge course and wilderness initiatives offer effective experiential learning, using a teambuilding and leadership development curriculum. Corpsmember development is the cornerstone to a member’s successful term of service.