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Youth Exploring Stewardship (YES) partners provide a variety of programs throughout the year for different ages in different parts of Colorado’s Front Range.

Overview of YES Coalition partner programs

Youth & Family Program

Our youth and family program provides hands-on stewardship and environmental education opportunities for school groups, youth organizations, and families. Programs can be open to the public, or we can offer private projects for groups.

all ages
800-1000
Longmont & Ft Collins
year-round

TeamWorks

This is a paid position on a youth conservation program made up of mixed crews or urban and rural youth. Members work four 10 hr days per week and have the opportunity to earn good money, build community and learn about conservation.

high school & college
72 / summer
Front Range
June-Aug

Junior Ranger Program (Leadership Positions)

Each year the program seeks Team Leaders (over 21) and Team Leaders in Training (under 21) to build functional teams, complete trail maintenance and other natural resource projects, and support youth stewardship and job skills development. Both Team Leaders and Team Leaders in Training supervise the Junior Ranger High School Crews, integrate learning opportunities into their project timelines, facilitate environmental education lessons, support program and department goals, and receive career and leadership development themselves as they work beside project sponsors and attend organized talks and trainings from OSMP department staff.

college, post -college
12 – 15
Boulder
May-Aug

United Cultures for Arts and Nature (U-CAN)

Building a more inclusive generation of conservation stewards through environmental literacy, mentorship, cultural expression and a green workforce development pipeline.

middle school, high school, college
30-40 in Colorado
Boulder
June-Aug

Trail Stewardship Team

We employ local youth, ages 14-18, in trail and natural resource work.

high school
40
Golden
June-Aug

Youth Forest Stewards

Youth who participate in this five-month long forest stewardship program will learn a variety of trail maintenance techniques, while building a community of like-minded students focused on bettering the White River National Forest.

high school
8
Summit County
May-Sep

WRV Youth Leadership Development Program

The WYLD Program offers a school-year-long leadership opportunity for teens. Youth participate in outdoor recreation, stewardship and restoration projects, and leadership activities throughout the Front Range.

high school
15-20
Longmont & Ft Collins
Jan-May; Sep-Dec

Conservation/ Trail Youth Corps Crews

The Conservation/Trail Crews work on trail maintenance and construction, forestry, vegetation, agriculture, and ecological restoration projects. This provides Junior Rangers the opportunity to explore careers in natural resources and become confident stewards of public lands and leaders in their community.

high school
40-50 per summer session
Boulder
June-Aug

YES Youth Advisory Council

We organize outdoor service projects for other youth, promote the youth voice on stewardship and environmental issues, advise stewardship organizations on youth-related issues, build leadership skills and experience, collaborate with and learn from our peers, plan the annual YES Youth Conference, and get to know individuals from all sorts of stewardship organizations doing amazing work for Colorado.

middle & high school
10 per session
Front Range
year round

Colorado Young Leaders

To connect high school students with service and leadership opportunities to help them uncover their passions and make an impact on their communities. We span regions, cause areas and create fun ways for youth to lead and get involved in service.

high school
150+ annually
Front Range
year round

Youth Sustainability Board

Opportunity to develop youth led collaboration across the state of Colorado from in school projects to regional and state wide projects. These range from fundraising to clean ups to resolutions for sustainability curriculum to physical projects (waste management, water efficiency, solar) to fun events to educate populations.

middle & high school
40
Front Range
year round

Greenway Leadership Corps

GLC has monthly *free* events for high school students, bringing youth on outdoor adventures while learning about environmental topics and careers. Trips are usually half a day on Saturdays, and lunch and all gear is provided.

high school
10-15
Denver
year-round

Youth Ranger/ Naturalist Crew

The Youth Ranger Crew works directly with rangers on field-based community ranger projects and skills-based training. Through experiential learning, youth discover how diverse ranger work is and what other career options exist in conservation, park land sand natural resource management.

high school
12
Boulder
June-July

Promotores Verdes/ U-CAN

Promotores Verdes works with families (kids of all ages) and U-CAN is geared toward MS through college (mentors), ages 13-26

all ages
500
Denver
year round

Land Conservation Program

Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation Program engages young adults, ages 17-24, in conservation-based work focused on environmental improvements on public land. Participants work on small crews with 7-9 members for three months to two years, dependent on enrollment terms. Crews works includes increasing accessibility for the public, restoring native habitats, and mitigating the effects of catastrophic wildfires and floods.

college, post-college
150+
Denver
year round

Cal-Wood Education Center

Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation Program engages young adults, ages 17-24, in conservation-based work focused on environmental improvements on public land. Participants work on small crews with 7-9 members for three months to two years, dependent on enrollment terms. Crews works includes increasing accessibility for the public, restoring native habitats, and mitigating the effects of catastrophic wildfires and floods.

Elementary, Middle & High School, College
many
Jamestown
year round