Youth crews consist of approximately 10 young people, ages 14-17 from diverse backgrounds, and three college-age or older crew supervisors. This team of young people lives in the park in a structured program of work and learning closely supervised by professional park staff and committed adult volunteers. By day, the crews carry out priority park development and maintenance projects, and after hours they take part in planned environmental education, team-building, work life or job readiness training, and recreational activities.
We would appreciate your assistance in promoting the program with any youth that might be interested. To expand the horizon of participants and give them a better idea of Virginia’s environmental diversity, we strive for geographic distance between the youth’s home and the park where they work. We provide all meals, housing and a program completion stipend of $500 for the youth participants.
I hope you will join us in letting others know we are building an exciting new opportunity for adolescents, from all walks of life in the Commonwealth, to gain lifelong skills while serving their larger communities. Please visit: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/ycc.shtml to apply. All applicants will need two professional references.