GOCO has announced $500,000 for Youth Corps Projects on Land Trust, Open Space, & Local Government Properties

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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) have announced that a RFP is available for$500,000 in GOCO/Lottery funds for open space, local government, and land trust organizations to hire youth conservation corps. In addition to public parks and open spaces, youth corps projects can occur on private lands protected by a conservation easement. The RFP can be found at www.CYCA.org and requires a brief 3-page narrative. The application deadline is Sept. 27, 2013. Successful projects will be announced in December 2013 and crews will complete the proposed work in 2014. Matching funds/support not required, but encouraged. Applicants can apply for youth corps crews (ages 16 – 25) to complete a variety of stewardship projects including:


· Trail construction and maintenance

· Tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive species mitigation–chainsaw crews, including pesticide/herbicide application, are available.

· Fence installation and de-installation

· Wildlife habitat improvement

Green jobs now! - Denver, CO

Green jobs now! – Denver, CO (Photo credit: greenforall.org)

· Riparian restoration

· Beetle kill hazard mitigation – chainsaw crews available

· Fire fuels mitigation – chainsaw crews available

Youth corps crews work on a “per week” basis. One week of a youth corps crew includes 8-10 people that work at least 320 hours. They arrive on site with skilled adult supervision, basic hand tools, transportation, and camping gear. Day crews are also available.

To find the youth corps that serves your area, go to jfreeman or 303-863-0602 with questions.

Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director

Colorado Youth Corps Association

1640 Grant Street, Suite 210

Denver, CO 80203

Direct – 303-863-0602

Main – 303-863-0600

Cell – 720-273-9861

Fax – 303-863-0610



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Pathways to Natural Resources Careers Summit

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding our follow-up meeting to the Pathways to Natural Resources Careers Summit on April 24th from 9:00 to 11:30 in the Hunter Education Room of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife building located at 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216. The agenda for this event was generated by participants who attended the Pathways to Natural Resources Careers Summit held on February 23rd, co-hosted by CYCA and BLM.. With record numbers of Agency staff poised to retire and youth and young adult unemployment at 20%, this issue is of great importance.

The primary request at the conclusion of the February Summit was to conduct an inventory of existing resources for assisting young people to chart careers in natural resources – especially in State and Federal agencies. To that end, on April 24 we will:

1 – conduct a resource inventory

2 – identify resource gaps (by geographic area, age group, and target population)

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Bureau of Land Management logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 – identify 2-3 action steps we can take in the next 12 months to fill those gaps

As such, please bring any and all of the electronic or hard copy resources you have that pertain to creating a path to employment in the natural resources sector. We will have laptops, and a projector and screen to enable review of electronic resources; please bring several copies of your hard copy materials for review by small groups. Load e-resources on a flash drive. If you are not able to attend, we encourage you to submit resources to us in advance so that they can be considered during the meeting. Please send them to Grant Sanford (gsanford).

Even if you were not able to attend the February Summit, we encourage you to attend this meeting and offer your insight on the topic.

I have attached the summary document from the first Pathways Summit compiled by facilitator Wendy Newman. As this summary illustrates, there are a number of short-term goals that we can collectively achieve through a focused effort. The first step is determining what resources are immediately available and what remains to be created, refined, and implemented. Your assistance and contributions are critical in achieving these goals and ultimately providing natural resource career opportunities to a broad base of young people.

There is no charge for the meeting. To RSVP, follow this link: nweil or 303-863-0603.

Light breakfast refreshments along with coffee and tea will be provided; please bring your own beverage container. RSVP by Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Feel free to forward this email to other interested individuals.


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