[r18] Summer Jobs Program Offer Youth A Chance to Earn While They Learn (4/14/2010)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Start Date: 4/14/2010 All Day
End Date: 4/14/2010

Summer Jobs Program Offer Youth A Chance to Earn

While They Learn

Hoosier recreation facilities and parks will receive a facelift through new program

STATEHOUSE - Thousands of young Hoosiers will receive the opportunity to have a summer job, even in a downtrodden economy. Many state recreation facilities and parks will see improvements thanks to the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps.

The Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps will employ about 2,000 young people to spruce up state-owned parks, trails, natural habitats and buildings. The program will be run by the state and young Hoosiers will be paid $8.50 to $9.50 an hour.

Because of the program's success last year, in October 2009, Governor Daniels announced the state would continue the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corp in 2010.

Statewide last year, YHCC employees worked on 750 projects at more than 75 DNR properties. More than 30 miles of new trails were constructed and more than 500 miles of existing trails were upgraded or rehabilitated. YHCC constructed 15 new buildings and renovated or repaired 380 existing buildings. 

Program participants also rehabilitated or repaired 50 historic buildings, treated or removed 4,700 acres of invasive species, constructed 31 new parking areas and completed 320 other miscellaneous projects. The work was done state parks, reservoirs, recreation areas, state forests, nature preserves and state historic sites.

This year, Tri County Fish and Wildlife Area and Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area are two targeted areas for the YHCC to work on this summer.

"Indiana has some of the most beautiful land in the Midwest," said Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake). "Last year, the YHCC did tremendous work in the state revitalizing Hoosier parks. These young adults do fantastic work. This is a great program to give young adults the opportunity to improve the community they live it."

The program will employ people ages 18-24, and they will be paid $8.50 to $9.50 an hour.

To apply to be a member of the Young Hoosier Conservation Corp please visit the program's Web site at http://www.in.gov/yhcc/2328.htm.

The Department of Workforce Development and the DNR will oversee the program.

"Hoosier families will enjoy the results of their hard work for years to come," said Rep. Dave Wolkins. "The Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps is an outstanding program. It's too bad I am too old to do it."