Youth Community Programs
Length: 5 weeks
Tuition: $125, Tuition assistance is available based on need.
Compensation: Base stipend of up to $1,250 ($250 per week) plus earn up to $250 ($50 per week) in Bonuses. Rates are based on attendance.
Here is your chance to get Outdoors and Active in your local Oregon Community! Join Youth Corps Community Today!
Do you want to be a part of something that makes a difference in your own community? Youth Community crews will learn how to build trails, enhance natural habitats, remove invasive species, and develop many other valuable outdoor skills right where you live.
Crews meet at a designated site every morning. Members work an average of 6.5-7 hours a day depending on travel time. During that time, crews come together not just as coworkers, but as a group of friends and teammates. They return home at the end of the day with new skills and pride in a job well done.
For five weeks, participants gain real world experience while enhancing their community's natural environment. Through a focus on local projects, members will become more connected and invested with the area in which they live and can take pride in the benefits they create for their neighborhood. Community Programs are offered each year only in certain grant-funded communities in Oregon and youth must reside in these locations.
How and when do I get paid?
At graduation you will receive an educational stipend check that includes compensation for all weeks of your program. Approximately 2-4 weeks after graduation you will receive your bonus check consisting of bonuses you may have earned. Any ‘draws’ made by a participant during their program are deducted from the final educational stipend check. These draws could include, but are not limited to, charges for laundry, store purchases, or any unpaid balances for tuition or gear. Final checks are mailed to the address provided in a participant’s online application. If you need to update the address provided, please contact Community Engagement Staff. *Do not update the address online!*
What is a bonus? How do I earn them?
In addition to the educational stipend, participants have the opportunity to earn up to $50 in bonuses a week for safety and reliability during the program. Bonuses are paid upon completion of the program session.
- $25 per week for reliability (working all hours in the week). o This is awarded one week at a time. If you lose it for a week, you can still earn it for the other weeks.
- $25 per week for safety o This is awarded one week at a time. If you lose it for a week, you can still earn it for the other weeks.
By being an active, hardworking member of the crew for all weeks of the program, you will earn your reliability bonus. If you do not complete all your hours for any reason during the week you will not earn your reliability bonus for that week. By acting in a professional and safe manner on and off the job site, you will earn your safety bonus each week. All bonuses are given on a weekly basis. If a participant leaves the program early (unless a return-to-school occurring in the final days of the last week of the program has been coordinated ahead of time with Community Engagement), they will not earn any bonuses.
Why does NYC charge a tuition fee?
NYC is a non-profit organization. NYC programs are supported by project partners, grants from foundations, donations from the business community and gifts from individuals and parents. Our main revenues come from the work that we do for various agencies such as the Forest Service. The tuition helps to cover the educational and recreational costs of our program. On the weekends and after work hours, we are not generating revenue but we still need to provide supervision for the corps members, as well as providing trained and skilled staff to lead educational sessions and recreational activities. In addition, tuition fees help offset the program expenses including liability insurances, the expense of maintaining and fueling vehicles, sufficient tools and equipment for all corps members, including replacing old, damaged or broken field tools and equipment, paying entrance fees to recreational activities and other incidental expenses. Please keep in mind that full tuition is due 2 weeks before the start date of the program. Tuition must be paid in full at this time.
Are there scholarships available to help with tuition costs?
NYC has developed a financial aid program to assist youth in cases where fees, tuition, or equipment costs create barriers. Scholarships and financial aid are awarded to participants based on financial need. Call the Community Engagement Team for information, (541) 349-5055.