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This summer, it is open to young people aged 16 to 24. they’re paid $10.50 to $12.50 p/h, and are counseled about essential job skills,
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An overwhelming body of evidence indicates that U.S. teens are still facing serious difficulty in finding employment during summer months.
YEC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Sonoma County Water Agency, Riverside County Economic Development Board, Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board, West Coast Network of YEC sites.
Sonoma and Riverside Counties: Program design and implementation expertise including: communications, expanding the base of investing project hosts, partner convening, legislative issues, evaluation design support and overall project documentation.
West Coast Network: Convene task force calls and an annual meeting of YECs in Portland, OR. Currently seeking to influence legislation in California (Parks Bond) and supporting national legislation (21st Century Conservation Service Corps).
The Youth Ecology Corps model provides youth and young adults with meaningful, paid work experience, environmental education, work readiness skills, and the opportunity to explore real career options. YEC crew-members contribute to their community while completing environmental and conservation-related projects. The YEC model leverages resources from the workforce investment system with other public sources.
Originally launched in 2009 in Sonoma County, California with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and local water agency support, YECs have since been launched in a number of locations on the west coast, including Marin, Napa, Contra Costa and Riverside Counties in California, as well as in Portland, Oregon.
New Ways was responsible for the initial program design and implementation of the SCYEC in Sonoma County, guiding its program development, and documenting its success. New Ways now supports the partners in the areas of ongoing program development, capacity building, sustainability, evaluation, and program expansion and replication. New Ways also supports replication efforts in other communities.
youthecologycorps.org The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps provides youth and young adults with meaningful, paid work experience, environmental education, and the opportunity to explore careers and develop work-readiness skills. Youth contribute to their community while completing environmental and conservation-related projects or by working with local non-profit organizations.