YESC busy at work and having fun. Courtesy photo
YESC getting it done. Courtesy photo
YMCA Earth Service Corps is an innovative service-learning program that gives youth entering 7th through 9th grades the opportunity to develop job skills, practice leadership, and create a more sustainable future by doing volunteer service projects in our community.
The Family YMCA’s 2015 Earth Service Corps (YESC) is having a fun and busy summer. With three weeks remaining, the YESC has put in 734 volunteer hours of community service since June 8.
Week 1 ― the YESC volunteered at the Los Alamos Nature Center by doing some landscaping and building a trail from the parking lot to the picnic area.
Week 2 ― the YES Corps went to Bandelier National Monument to assist the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps from Taos with debris removal caused by post-fire flooding.
Week 3 ― YESC learned trail building with the Y’s Youth Conservation Corps Trail Crew in Acid Canyon behind the Aquatic Center.
Week 4 ― The YESC were working at the Valle Caldera in the Jemez Mountains by bagging and moving mulch for use at numerous locations around the community including the YMCA’s Community Education Garden next to the North Mesa tennis courts.
Week 5 ― The YESC worked on trails on both sides of Bayo Canyon and Acid Canyon with the intention to create mountain-bike friendly and accessible trails.
Week 6 ― Recycling work at The Co-op Market.
Week 7 ― Landscape work at The New Mexico Wildlife Center.
Week 8 ― Trail work and PEEC project.
There are still YESC spots available for the last 3 weeks of July. Youth entering 7-9 grade may register at The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos.
YESC meets 8 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday. Cost is $75 per week.