Grant: $250,000 - Forest Service - Jun. 23, 2009
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Award Description: NYC programs use an outdoor lifestyle and challenging projects to teach problem solving and positive living skills, promote a strong and productive work ethic, encourage learning, and build self-esteem. Youth in the program learn essential job skills and receive training that will enhance their ability to make a positive impact in the communities in which they live. Youth from the region will be exposed to local and regional resource management issues and the complexity of challenges facing Oregon?s resource management agencies and industries. NYC programs are accredited through the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, thereby allowing NYC to award high-school credit to successful participants that is transferable to most public schools in Oregon and other parts of the United States. This is especially important for students who may be credit deficient due to the current reduction of the school year. Local communities will benefit by offering youth employment and development opportunities. Crewmembers earn a stipend that is competitive with minimum wage for a 30 to 35 hrs workweek over a period of 4-6 weeks. Under this project, youth will complete up to 2112 days of labor. ARRA funds will allow for crews to help maintain and restore forty-two miles of the Timberline Trail and its network of access trails on the Mt. Hood National Forest; work may also include a variety of other conservation, reforestation and recreation projects. Program success will be measured through program retention; diversity surveys; youth achievement records; participant assessments educational gauges improvement scores; contact evaluations and production summaries.
Project Description: Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job training experience that helps you and young adults develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. The underlying theme of all Northwest Youth Corps programs is one of empowerment-giving youth the skills and confidence they need to face life's challenges. NYC programs emphasize teamwork and leadership while promoting education, personal growth, and individual achievement. Youth complete NYC programs knowing that they can overcome obstacles, solve problems, make friend, and attain their life goals. The intended purposes of the awarded ARRA funds help create conservation positions with the Northwest Youth Corps for 13 individuals to achieve the above goals. In addition to the less tangible productions, the funds will allow for forty-two miles of the Timberline Trail and its network of access trails to be maintained on the Mt. Hood National Forest. At the time of the reporting the project is over 50% completed with the results of 12.21 miles of trail maintained and 99 drainage structures created and placed throughout the trail system.
Jobs Summary: ARRA funds afford and create up to 32 work weeks of 432 hours for eleven youth participants? ages 16-19 years of age and 2 adult crew leaders to participate and/or eleven adult participants to participate in our Conservation Corps programs. ARRA provides funding for youth stipends, tools, camping equipment, worker's compensation, transportation costs, educational programming, weekend recreation and insurance coverage. Positions include but are not limited to: general labor; skilled labor; educator and project coordinators. (Total jobs reported: 7)
Project Status: More than 50% Completed
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