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Serving Youth from Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos Costilla, Mineral/Rio Grande, Park, and Saguache Counties
Los Valles youth crews participate in project work in their local counties. Crews consist of 6-8 members, ages 14-18, with 2 adult crew leaders. Youth Crew members are paid $12.56/hour.
Crews carry out invasive species removal, tree planting, painting, fence building, trail maintenance and construction, habitat improvement projects, and road, bridge, parks, and community clean ups.
Along with completing impactful project work, our program focuses on youth development. Lessons on leadership, team building, communication, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement are incorporated into the workday.
Los Valles Youth Crew Schedules
Youth crews work Monday through Friday for 5 weeks. Project work is completed Monday-Thursday. Friday is an education day.
First Session (May 30 – July 1)
|Second Session (July 11 – Aug 12)|
|Costilla County – Day Crew||Costilla County – Day Crew|
|Conejos County – Camping Crew||Conejos County – Camping Crew|
|Saguache County – Camping Crew||Saguache County – Day Crew|
|Alamosa County – Day Crew||Mineral/Rio Grande County – Day Crew|
|Chaffee County – Day Crew||Park County – Camping Crew|
• Day Crews – Crew members are picked up by crew leaders every morning at a pre-determined location in their county. To accommodate crew leader commute times, pick-up time on Monday morning will vary by crew. A regular Monday morning pick-up time between 8:00 and 10:00am will be established by crew leaders prior to the first day of work. Tuesday through Friday mornings crew leaders will pick up crew members at 8:00am. Crew leaders drop crew members off at the pick-up location every day at 4:30pm. Day crews return home each evening and do not camp for most of the session. However, day crews will typically operate as a camping crew for one week of the session (see below).
• Camping Crews – Crew members are picked up by crew leaders on Monday morning from a pre-determined location in their county. To accommodate crew leader commute time, pick-up time on Monday morning will vary by crew. A regular Monday morning pick-up time between 8:00 and 10:00 am will be established by crew leaders prior to the first day of work. Apart from the later start on Monday mornings, crews complete project work from 8:00am-4:30pm during the week. Crew members camp in the field with crew leaders Monday-Friday. Crew leaders drop crew members off at the pick-up location at 4:30pm on Fridays. All food is provided for camping crews while in the field. Some gear may be available for members to borrow.
ACCESS THE 2022 LOS VALLES YOUTH CREW MEMBER APPLICATION HERE!
Questions can be directed to Kiersten King, Youth Program Coordinator in Salida, at email@example.com
Join SCC’s Youth Advisory Council in the San Luis Valley!
Have your voice heard! Represent SCC while gaining hands on experience in networking, public speaking, and recruitment.
- WHO? 14-18 year olds
- WHEN? Jan – May
- 4 hours/month + 8-hour service day
- PAY? $13.00/hour
- APPLY! Email Youth Program Manager Aubrey Tamietti firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Valles Begins Alamosa County Crew in 2021!
Working with the Boys and Girls Club, Valley Educational Gardens Initiative, the City of Alamosa, Rio Grande Farm Park, the Bureau of Land Management, and Great Sand Dunes National Park, Alamosa County Youth Crew debuts in 2021!
Member Reflections from 2021
". . . at the beginning of the program it was hard to stay positive and not give up on myself but now that it’s over I couldn’t be more proud of the work I put in and how much I’ve grown.” Sonya, Saguache County
View our Facebook Post to read more!
Costilla County Youth Crew Builds Beaver Analogs
The Costilla County Youth Crew built beaver analogs on the conservation easement at Trinchera Ranch as part of an effort to encourage the presence of beavers along the waterway.
View a timelapse here!