Over 640 teens have participated in the Youth Conservation Corps since it began, and BNAN is anticipating another 60 youth will serve in the program in 2013, its 19th year of operation. This year, four teams of youth age 15-17 will work along the Neponset River Greenway in Dorchester and Mattapan, the East Boston Greenway and in Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park. YCC teens learn teamwork and job skills while engaged in park improvement projects involving environmental restoration, trail building, landscaping and more. Once again in 2013, for the second year, urban agriculture will be included in the YCC program.
The YCC youth have been instrumental in building support for both the Greenways and Urban Wilds by drawing community attention to these spaces. BNAN partners with MA DCR and Boston Parks Department to accomplish the YCC projects.
The Youth Conservation Corps work and education programs focus on restoring habitat and creating access. The list below is just a sample of what YCC members do. To see photos from the 2011 YCC program click here.
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