Empowering the next generation

Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. Our programs include residential conservation crews for both youth and young adults, local community crews, an internship program for college aged participants, a fully accredited high school, and a two-acre organic farm.

For Parents and Participants:
Please Read, Important 2020 updates!

The health and well-being of our Members, Staff, and the Communities we serve is paramount, and we take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. We regularly monitor the spread and impact of this virus in the United States, and particularly in the region in which Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps operates. We are learning more every day, and using that knowledge to inform our program operations.

Here are a few important things to consider regarding communicating with us and with your children:

  • Offices and Phones: Most of our staff members are either in the field or working from their homes. For regular communication (including questions about the program, supplies, details about the schedule, following up on information requests we may have made of you, etc.) please email us at info@nwyouthcorps.org and we will respond within two working days. If you know the staff member’s name you wish to contact, please call 541-349-5055 and press “0” for a staff directory. If you have an urgent need to call, particularly on the first day of the program, please call 541-349-5055 and dial extension #234 for the quickest response time (this phone is monitored 8:00 am – 5:00 pm).

  • Mail/Care Packages: We encourage writing letters to your corps member often! But, due to the abundance of care we are taking this summer season to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on all of our members and staff, we will not be allowing participants to receive care packages in the field. Oversized mail received will NOT be delivered in the field, and will be held at headquarters and returned at the end of the session. If you need to send medication or some other essential personal item, please contact our office to arrange for us to expect that package and arrange for its delivery.

  • Program visitsAlthough family visits to crew weekend sites have been a long tradition for Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps youth programs, in our efforts to keep our crew units as free from the potential of outside exposure to COVID-19, we have cancelled visitations in the field for this season. Because of this, we will make every reasonable effort to provide telephone check-ins with your youth participant on weekends when schedules and/or reception makes it possible.

  • Graduations: Graduation ceremonies will not be possible to have in person this season. We will communicate our intended plans for timing and logistical arrangements for virtual graduation several weeks in advance of the graduation date.

  • Additional Safety Measures: To learn more on the most up to date status of our programs and our COVID-19 mitigation policies and procedures, please visit: https://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/covid19

Build Your Future

Whether you are looking for an amazing summer work experience or looking to gain specific skills for a future career with land management agencies, Northwest Youth Corps has an opportunity for you.

Through your service, working on meaningful conservation projects will allow you to gain a fresh perspective, learn new skills, meet new people, and discover new opportunities and career pathways.

 

Alumni Quotes:


6/2/20

 

At Northwest Youth Corps, we recognize that racism has historically been built into our American system, and our work has been to focus on Equity and Inclusion in our organization with hope and confidence that this would help make our society more just.  That our work would contribute to a national healing.  

 

But this week, it is clear that this is not enough.  Our nation is wracked by violence and brutality that inequitably targets communities of color. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and too many others to be counted, are being killed for simply living their lives.

 

This violence destroys trust and leads to further disenfranchisement – terrorizing the very thing we need to sustain our families and communities, the prospect of a better tomorrow. In these difficult times, we are asking our Northwest Youth Corps family – our 20,000 alumni and thousands of stakeholders to join us in speaking out to interrupt racism and transform our communities. 

 

To quote Ijeoma Oluo, “the beauty of anti-racism is that you don't have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward.” 

 

We will continue to build community that is equitable and inclusive, utilizing our programming to give our voice, our resources, and our expertise to provide our diverse group of participants the tools they need to learn, grow, and experience success. 

 

We share the sadness and the shame that is a by-product of the institutional racism built into our social fabric.  We believe that Black Lives Matter.  We believe we all have to do better.  And we will not perpetuate violence by being silent.

 

Jeff Parker

Executive Director