[September 21, 2019]
In 2019, the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps expanded by an additional 50%, to six weeks in total. We are so proud of the hardworking teens who were part of the 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps! This was our third year of offering this summer employment and service learning program to high school students from the Katahdin Region. Our 20 youth participants earn $14/hour and up while working full-time on trail crews led by experienced adult leaders. In addition to trail work, the program also included career workshops, job skills training, a resume workshop with our friends at the Katahdin Higher Education Center, and a celebratory hike on the last day.
Thanks to a new partnership with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, crew members spent a week working in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in addition to five weeks in Baxter State Park. The additional week working in the national monument was made possible by generous support from The Wilderness Society. Over the course of the summer, crew members completed about 2,800 hours of trail work, earning nearly $50,000 in payroll, and learning how to care for the spectacular wilderness areas in their own backyards. These young people are proof that youth development, economic development, community revitalization, and conservation can go hand in hand.
The program was held from July 8 - August 16, with crews based in both Millinocket and Patten. Thanks to a new partnership with Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters, the northern crew based in Patten spent one of its weeks working on the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument.