YMCA YES Corps Improves County Perimeter Trail
The Los Alamos Family YMCA Earth Service Corps is in high gear this summer, helping to maintain and improve the Los Alamos County trail system.
The YES Corp is comprised of youth ages 11-17, who participate in service learning projects.
YES Corps is a national youth movement sponsored by the YMCA.
The Los Alamos YMCA website explains the program this way:
"Locally, we combine volunteer service, environmental education and work experience in a program that focuses on trail improvement, landscaping, watershed restoration, fire ecology, organic gardening, groupwork, mentoring, and creative projects. Our supervised program includes CPR and First Aid certification, training and safety seminars, and educational and enrichment workshops. Joining YES Corps will expose participants to the world of science, social justice and environmental studies through opportunities for environmental education and action, leadership development, and cross-cultural awareness. YESC members initiate and implement projects that develop leaders, inspire individuals, and highlight the importance of sustaining our planet."
From the YMCA Earth Service Corps nation website:
"Founded in 1989, the YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC) is an innovative youth-led program that empowers students to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world. Young people in Earth Service Corps are recognized as valuable resources who collaborate with peers, teachers and community members to solve pressing environmental issues in their communities."
The YES Corps program is managed by Sylvan Ago and directed by Kimberly Secrest both of the Los Alamos YMCA.
More photos are available of the YES Corps crews on their Facebook page.
Soon the group will head out for an overnight backpacking trip. It will be the first backpacking trip for many of the youth involved in the YES Corps.
Photos by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com