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 edcuational 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 Commission has nine members. Five are appointed by the Governor and four are state agency designees. The Commission hires and supervises the YCC Executive Director, who hires and supervises the YCC administrator/coordinator.

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

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sarah Wood, Executive Director. sarah.wood@state.nm.us, 505.470.3710 Mobile
Kristine Sanchez, YCC Administrator/Coordinator. kristine.sanchez@state.nm.us, 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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