Corps Programs: Good for Nature, Good for YOUth!

Today we have a guest post from CCC Crew Supervisor John Griffith. John is a former Corpsmember. Today he runs a CCC crew at the Arcata Satellite of Fortune Center. In this post, John talks about some of the benefits for young people in joining the CCC, and includes a video tutorial about how to join.

how-to-join-a-corps-program2Corps Programs: Good for Nature, Good for YOUth  by John Griffith

There are a lot of reasons to love the 130+ corps programs in the United States. Who doesn’t love the idea of programs that hire youth to build trails on public lands, restore wildlife habitat, and respond to a community’s natural disasters (like wildfires and floods) while helping them get a high school diploma if they need it, and then offering them thousands of dollars in college scholarships after one year of service? What a great investment in our society! It’s a way better alternative than those same young folks just hanging out at mom’s house or on the streets without any employment prospects. The idea of masses of unemployed and bored American youth doesn’t sound good to anybody. It makes us anxiously recall that ominous phrase, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” There’s already plenty of bad press…

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