New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps

What We Do
Who We Are
Program Impact

The Youth Conservation Corps provides grants to local governments, tribes and non-profits to hire youth ages 14 to 25 for community and conservation projects. Every year, hundreds of youth receive a paycheck, career and life skills training and educational opportunities as part of a YCC project. Corps members may build trails, improve wildfire resiliency, control erosion, create and install public art, improve senior and community centers, beautify natural areas and public parks, preserve cultural resources or map natural resources. More information on projects is here.

The YCC is governed by a nine-member Commission. Five Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and four are designated by state agencies. The Commission hires and supervises the YCC Executive Director.

Commission meetings are held quarterly and on an as-needed basis. Agendas and minutes are published here, and meetings are open to the public,  who are encouraged to attend.

The YCC Act, enacted by the NM Legislature statutorially authothizes the YCC program. The YCC Rule lays out the regulations and standards developed by the Commission to administer the program.


Time and time again, project sponsors remark on the positive cascading impacts of youth projects in the community. Local educators and businesses often pitch in to contribute to the project, Life-long friendships and valuable professional relationships are forged. Youth often go on to full-time positions with an organization they worked with on a YCC project. 

Corps member benefits Corps members that work four or more seasons on a YCC crew receive a $500 cash benefit or $1,500 towards their academic or vocational education.

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Sarah Wood, Executive Director., 505.470.3710 Mobile
Kristine Sanchez, YCC Administrator/Coordinator., 505.988.9599 (YCC landline)  
FAX: 505.988.7313   

Due to COVID-19 Public Health Orders, the YCC office is currently closed to the public

811 Saint Michael's Drive, Suite 206, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Buillding is on the southeast corner of San Matero and Calle Lorca. YCC is on the second floor.

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