The St. Lawrence County Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is celebrating its 34th year of providing outdoor summer jobs for young people in the county.
The program is recognized for the employment of young people 14 to 18 years old to work on various projects to conserve and preserve the environmental beauty that our county possesses.
The YCC is a summer learning program that engages adolescents in jobs all over St. Lawrence County, in trail planning, cemetery preservation, maintenance, and construction of state and county forest lands. They work in crews with a crew supervisor and two coordinators.
The crews will work 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. The program this year runs from July 6 to Aug. 11.
The YCC will also work closely with Pat Whalen of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), helping maintain and clear various recreational trails around the county.
The YCC crews are funded through grants that Youth Bureau Director Joanne Sevick requests each year. This year, grants have come from the Department of Social Services, St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators, Office of Children and Family Services, donated stock from the Harriet and Joseph Sevick Foundation, Dorothy McNeil Trust Fund, and the Sweetgrass Foundation.