RMYC fosters strong leadership among youth through the completion of community based projects. Corpsmembers discover their value within the community by completing projects such as building parks and walking trails, restoring forest habitat, enhancing community facilities, building and restoring low-income housing, providing service learning and tutoring, and more. Service projects provide the “classroom” for academic learning, critical thinking, problem solving and practical application.
As crews work together to complete projects, they gain experience with healthy interactions in a safe atmosphere. They leave RMYC with increased social competence, problem solving skills, autonomy and sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. These skills allow them to transition from RMYC with more directedness, resourcefulness, and more awareness and ability to make healthy personal choices. In addition to outcomes related directly to corpsmembers’ growth, the projects they complete significantly impact the health of our community.
RMYC Conservation Program now includes 21 new Americorps members out in the community engaged in public service. A majority of the season focuses on fuels reduction and habitat restoration in northern New Mexico. Partnering with agencies like the Carson National Forest and the State Trust Land Office, crewmembers work to reduce the threat of wildfire to the communities of New Mexico. The season starts with an orientation to RMYC, certification in Forest Workers Safety, First Aid/CPR, and S212 Equivalency.
During the 2013 inaugural year of RMYC's partnership with New Mexico’s MFA/Energy$mart program, eight AmeriCorps members under Angelo De Herrera and Joe Mike Rodart’s direction completed 22 homes across eight northern New Mexico counties.