RMYC offers a variety of programs to serve the unique needs and skills of each Corpsmember and the specific opportunities in each community where crews work.
The RMYC Upper Rio Grande (URG) Program offers paid community service opportunities in a variety of conservation-based projects working in partnership with federal, state, tribal and local land management agencies. Projects may include a combination of trails construction, erosion control, invasive species control, forest restoration, and fire prevention activities. Throughout their service at RMYC, Corpsmembers receive on-the-job trainings and other personal and professional development opportunities. Projects are diverse and typically centered around environmental stewardship, public park enhancements, and land restoration.
Middle Rio Grande Conservation Program
Similar to the URG Program, the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) Program also provides a variety of paid community service opportunities in conservation-based projects; however the URG office offers opportunities dedicated to the deaf and hard of hearing community known as the American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion crew. Another program unique to the MRG office is the Youth Ambassadors. Working in partnership with Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, RMYC recruits six young adults, known as the Youth Ambassadors, whose mission is to inspire their community to learn about, and get out and appreciate, the wealth of public lands and recreation opportunities that the middle Rio Grande region has to offer. So far, they have been busy engaged in community events around the Albuquerque area, providing environmental education workshops at local schools, and partnering with other groups to promote and improve our public lands.
Conservation crews typically work during the a full season between April and November and summer between June and August. During the summer, the URG Program provides young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 with paid community service opportunities in a variety of small communities throughout the upper Rio Grande region. Summer crews provide employment opportunities to Corpsmembers interested in a summer work experience.
Crews work on a ‘spike’ schedule – working and camping 8 consecutive days in the field followed by 6 days off; alternatively, some crews work on a daily schedule Monday through Friday and return home at the end of the day.
Canine Leadership Crew
In 2018, RMYC initiated the Canine Leadership Crew to provide paid work experiences for youth ages 15-22 whom have barriers to employment, such as disability or health conditions, themselves. The Canine-Assisted Leadership Crew members and their service dog they are training will also be Camp Counselors at Camp L.E.A.D., a leadership, empowerment, and abuse prevention day camp in Taos for younger children with disabilities.
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.