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Youth Empowerment Stewards (YES) Program

Requests for 2024 YES Projects are NOW OPEN! At Stewards Individual Placements, we recognize the health of our planet depends on varied voices, ideas, and experiences all working together to solve the complex problems we face. Join us in expanding your park's voice and experiences by hosting a Youth Empowerment Steward (YES)

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Launched in the spring of 2021, The Youth Empowerment Stewards (YES) Initiative seeks to solidify a sustainable model for direct employment and talent development of people with disabilities in land management and conservation programming to ensure people of all abilities are included in the conversation and the solution. Unlike many Corps initiatives, the YES program was built to become obsolete; rather than creating a structured space where only those from the disability community could enter, the YES initiative strives to identify best practices, implement lasting change, and open sustainable, adequate, and accessible service opportunities in any project or program Conservation Legacy supports.  

In 2022, ten individual placements and twelve crew members served in California, Texas, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia as YES Initiative members. Nine of the YES members identify as disabled, with the remaining three engaged in supporting the service and accommodations of the others. They completed:

  • 6,244 hours of national service,
  • maintained nearly eleven miles of trail,
  • engaged local and visiting stakeholders both disabled and abled, and improved the processes by which Conservation Legacy engages those who hope to be a part of conservation corps work.

YES, AmeriCorps service positions within Conservation Legacy’s Stewards Individual Placements program local programs and National Park Service sites allow interested participants to take on service tasks from virtual engagement to ADA compliance and Interpretive programming to park ground usability. Still others were able to make impacts on the land, structures, and trails of these public spaces. The standard service duty thread amongst all these opportunities lies in helping Conservation Legacy staff shape, innovate, and strengthen its processes to recruit, retain, engage, and continue to offer conservation corps spaces to all.

  • Example of the type of projects:
  • Study of natural habitats,
  • Park trail and infrastructure design consultation,
  • Vegetation identification,
  • Water monitoring,
  • Policy research,
  • General trail maintenance
  • Cultural resource management activities, and more



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Position Title/DescriptionSupporting
Organization
National Service CategoryState/Location
Youth Empowerment Steward (YES) - Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park InternNational Park ServiceAmeriCorpsKilauea, HI
Youth Empowerment Steward (YES) - 2024 Olympic National Park Interpretative Database InternNational Park ServiceAmeriCorpsPort Angeles, WA
Youth Empowerment Stewards (YES) - General, multiple locationsNational Park ServiceAmeriCorpsMultiple

These opportunities are made possible with generous support from the National Park Foundation  and through our partnership with the National Park Service.