[r47] 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 roads 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 recreational facilities and roads 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, state highways and street signs. 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.

Last year in House District 47, represented by state Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville), the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps renovated 25 miles of trails in the Morgan-Monroe State Forest. The state forest's property manager's residence had its windows and insulation replaced. Also, an 80 year-old fire tower was painted, fitted with new stairs.  

This year, the Morgan-Monroe State Forest is targeted for the YHCC to work upon.

"These young adults did fantastic work here last year and I am pleased the YHCC will revamp the Morgan-Monroe State Forest again," said Rep. Foley. "It's a great opportunity for young adults in our area to improve our community and rehabilitate our local outdoors. I know I enjoy and recognize their fine work. I am sure the rest of our community does as well."

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, the DNR and INDOT will oversee the program.

"I am pleased the governor has established this program for Indiana's youth," said Rep. Foley. "I suggest to all young Hoosiers who need a job to apply to be a meaningful part of the Young Hoosier Conservation Corps."