Conservation Corps Minnesota’s Summer Youth Corps
“Summer of CCM Spirit!”
The Roots of Conservation Corps Minnesota Civilian Conservation Corps In the 1930's the country was financially and morally bankrupt and the spirit of the people was at an all-time low. It has been estimated that more than two million youths were aimlessly wandering the cities and the country in search of jobs and a future. On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt became President of the United States. In the first 100 days in office, he initiated several programs to get the country going again. The most widely acclaimed and accepted by nearly all the people at that time was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The plan was to recruit young men into a peace time army, an army that would save the land, forests, waters, and build parks and, at the same time, save the youths themselves. The Department of Labor recruited the men; clothing was provided by the Army which also managed the camps. Control of the work accomplished by the CCC was done under the direction of the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Park Service, Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Life in the Corps appealed to the American frontier spirit. The 3,240,393 young men and at least one woman worked for $1.00/day, room and board. Many now say it was the best years of their lives. The Civilian Conservation Corps was the only government conservation group that worked to save our country's environment on a national scale. It still holds that title. The accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps qualifies them as the true conservationalists long before there was an Earth Day. On millions of acres these men of the CCC worked to slow down the erosion and to replant the depleted forests. They built more than a thousand national, state, county, and city parks. In reality, they saved our country, a country that had been for over two centuries ravaged by rich and poor alike. Youth Conservation Corps In August of 1970, the 91st Congress enacted legislation to create the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. Patterned after the CCC, the main objectives of the YCC program was to accomplish needed conservation work on public lands, to provide gainful employment for 15 through 18 year olds from all segments of society, and to develop youth through education and appreciation of the Nation's natural environment and heritage. Supervisors at each YCC site were required to provide a structured environmental awareness program for the youth involved. In addition to earning money, participants had the opportunity to learn to work with others and experience a sense of accomplishment. The program was also designed to benefit local communities as businesses enjoy the economic benefits that result from the sale of materials and supplies. Earning minimum wage, participants in the YCC program worked an average of 40 hours per week for a period of 8 to 10 weeks during the summer months. Young Adult Conservation Corps Similar to the YCC, the Young Adult Conservation Corps (YACC) was authorized through the Youth Employment and Demonstration Projects Act of 1977, for the purpose of providing employment to unemployed youths to accomplish conservation work on Federal and non-Federal public lands. The YACC differed from the YCC in that YACC programs were often year-round and extended beyond federal lands to include non-federal lands and waters.
The average age of YACC enrollees also covered a greater span with many participants reaching into their mid-twenties. In addition, many YACC initiatives offered post education and training benefits. In 1981, President Reagan requested that the funding for the YCC program be discontinued. Both programs were then eliminated by the end of 1982. Minnesota Conservation Corps When federal support ended, the Minnesota Legislature created the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The program carried a similar focus of engaging youth and young adults in natural resource work. In 1996, MCC also became an AmeriCorps service program as part of a nationwide initiative. MCC remained within the Minnesota DNR until it was eliminated from the state budget in 2003. At this time, MCCâ€™s programs transitioned into an existing non-profit, the Friends of the Minnesota Conservation Corps. Current Programs for Youth and Young Adults with the Minnesota Conservation Corps The MCC has three major youth programs in full swing. The Summer Youth Program is designed for high school aged youth and is based in Hinckley, MN at St. Croix State Park. The Youth Outdoors Program employs high school youth from the St. Paul area to do conservation work in the Twin Cities. The Summer Youth Program employs young people ages 15-18 years old who work 35 hours per week, with an additional 5 hours of environmental education. The Young Adult Program employs people ages 18-25 for six to twelve months and is affiliated with AmeriCorps. The young adult crews work a 40 hour week and are placed on various projects throughout the state of Minnesota. All corpsmembers earn minimum wage and receive both formal and informal instruction in career development, natural resource management, and environmental awareness/ethics. MCC is more than a job, it is a service commitment to the natural resources of Minnesota. MCC allows Minnesota's young people a unique opportunity to gain work experience and learn about life skills. It is a program open to all youth, including disadvantaged and handicapped persons, in which the participants return more to the state in terms of production than they earn in wages.
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s lives. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” -Unknown
“We can do no great things—only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” -Albert Schweitzer
A day in the life of a swamperâ€Ś.. Getting up early to fix ALL the tents that were broken and needed to be sent out with crews, oh also you need to be ready to go with headstaff and visit a crew, in 10 minutes, all the while planning a strategy to conquer the worldâ€Ś. Swamper, we salute you and your service!
Sydney Allison Susie
Heron L, Sebastian R, Cole P, Dakota F, Jamey N, Grace B, Salena B, Sami J, Austin S, Matt T, Helen F, Shelly S.
“The Wind” by John Barlow I sat barefoot under a tree, letting the breeze stir my hair and bring the smell of flowers from the garden below. The wind said to me, “You are me and I am you.” This puzzled me and I asked the wind to explain. He lifted me and took me to a mountain top where he cooled hikers who had just finished their climb. He said, “You can bring relief to those in need.” He took me to an island where he swept refreshing sea air to those on the beach. “You can bring comfort to those around you.” He took me to a street corner where he hit those walking with cold air and icy water. “You have the power to hurt.” He took me to the site of a tornado as it ripped a house off the ground. “You have the power to destroy.” He took me and set me back under the tree. “Do what you will,” he said, “but remember that you—like I—will be known by what you do for others.
A-1 Nick Smedes (CL), Andy Stuckey (CL), Cole P. (YM), Kyle Doucette, Garrett Spinger, Marty Freeberg, Juwan Hooper, Brady Mistic
B-1 Susie Krikava (CL), Taylor Hays (CL), Sami J (YM) Jay Friddle, Stephaine Ivey, Madeleine Langevin
Aâ€“ Lodge Dillon McLeod (YM), Sam Kilpatrick (Swamper), Xiong Yang, Chris Brown, Sebastian Dally, Jon Belland
B-2 Sydney Stock (CL), Anika Van Eaton (CL not pictured), Dakota F. (YM), Kassandra Baird, Davida Fuller, Kristina Johnson
A-3 Adam Terrell (CL), Gabe K (CL), Austin S. (YM), Brody DeHart, Joshua Strom, Erich Wohhlfarth, Keng Yang, Tim Strom B-3 Eura Chang (CL), Rachel Czech (CL), Shelly S (YM), Tachianna Carpenter, Gail Garcia Bartolo, Cailtlin Kelley, Liana McClintock
A-4 Adam Cox (CL), Jesse Yeager (CL), TJ Carvey, Nicholas Anderson, Daniel Jury, Dee Pa Na, Damien Thronton, Larry Moua
B-4 Melissa Danzl (CL), Allison Dobscha (CL), Salena B (YM), Taylor Ebner, Elizabeth Germscheid, Carissa Koch, Audrey Roberts
A-5 Maclaine Sorden (CL), Jonny Gall (CL), Matthew T. (YM), Diego Blanco Osorio, Pu Ku, Brain Kammueller, Dylan Vandenheuvel, Jacob Reardon B-5 Andrea Slotke (CL), Sarah Evans (CL), Grace B (YM), Paige Erickson, Olivis Riggins, Nali PUday, Anna Niehaus
A-6 Taylor Yerrick (CL), Sebastian R (YM) McKenzie Cox, Parker Grace, Alex Fluefel, Anthony Roethel, Moua Vang B-6 Sam Styles (CL), Gina Davis (CL), Jamey N (YM) Ruth Ballentine, Aisha Gutierrez, Bria Smith, Melissa Caddy
A-7 Carl Tanner (CL), Heron L (YM), Jordan Westerman, Zakaria Hassan, Timmy Mckeller, Nicholas S, Michael Johnson, Caleb White
B-7 Haleigh Fontenot (CL), Darian Lightfoot (CL), Helen F (YM), Gao Vang, Angel Wichman, Ruth Timm, Holly Wilson, Zerbine Rypa
Staff Training: To the North Shore and BEYOND!
Training at St. Johnâ€™s!!!
“We do not remember days… We remember moments” -Cesare Parese
Super Awesome Crews Fo Lyfe!
Spike at St. John’s —Axel This week we did our work here in St. Crox It was pretty fun and I’m just being coy So we didn’t get to leave this time for spike Our work went like this like Monday mornins wake up at 7 o’clock Made it to morning exercises right on the spot They made us run and do jazzy jacks Then push-ups and stretches like what the crap Then we had to drive for 45 minutes We showed up and our work was already finished Just kidding I was asleep so mentally trippin We spent all day with mosquitoes and weed whippin 4 o’clock came and I was excited man! We were so dang tired we all slept in the van Tuesday’s work was the exact same deal Working till noon and PBJ’s were our meal Wednesday’s work was drastically changed We paired up with a group and then a park we cleaned Then at 2 D said “Let’s leave crew!” “I have a fun new job to do!” That was false, we went back to that same trail We were so excited that we moved like a snail Thursday we all woke up in fear We had to do work right here This is how the day went, take a look First we helped the chefs cook This next part’s gross, sorry to spoil it We had to super sanitize the toilets Next we cleaned the sinks, showers and more At the end we mopped the floor That leads us to now here today Our spike was the best, what else can we say!?
What?! That’s AWESOME!
“Life is a verb!” -Charlotte G.