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YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS
Virginia State Park's Youth Conservation Corps
Virginia State Park's Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer education and service program for young people to learn the principles of natural resource stewardship and the importance of sustaining Virginia’s unique natural environment. The program is designed to encourage positive youth development. YCC was established to heighten respect for the environment, increase stewardship of public lands and foster teamwork, self-esteem, improved citizenship and social responsibility.
Youth Conservation Corps Day (YCC Day) at Pocahontas State Park
Youth Conservation Corps Day (YCC Day) at Pocahontas State Park is a three-week program where participants complete environmental projects, experience on-the-job training, and gain environmental education. With the guidance of adult leaders, who serve as mentors, role models, technical trainers and supervisors, YCC Day members carry out a wide range of conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human service projects. Participants learn about the environment through fieldwork and projects. In addition, they gain skills like teamwork, leadership, resource evaluation, organization, and decision-making.
Participants gain valuable experience throughout the program and meet adults who work in fields related to natural resource management and conservation. In return for their efforts to restore and strengthen their communities and state parks, YCC Day members receive:
- On the job training and environmental education, which the corps calls “Work Learning”
- A wide range of supportive services
- $500.00 stipend at the program's end