Trevor during the 2012 CYC Program
Trevor during the 2012 CYC Program

Are you in high school and looking for volunteer hours?
Are you interested in getting outside and helping the environment?

Sign up for the 2015 Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) Summer Program. Registration opens Monday, March 2, 2015. 

Article by CVC’s Trevor Hill

In July of 2012, I participated in the CYC Summer Program and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was in grade ten and I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to take. CYC helped me make that decision. It was an amazing hands-on experience.  I loved the variety and that every day was at a new site, working on a different environmental project. The CYC Crew Leaders were so enthusiastic and motivating. They made sure we learned about the environment and had a great time doing it.

Volunteering with CYC inspired me to look further into the environmental sector. The connections I made helped me secure a high school co-op position with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). I went behind the scenes and saw all the logistics involved in organizing such a large volunteer program. I helped lead CVC’s school-based Branch Out program, plant trees and lead nature hikes.

My experiences inspired me to pursue studies in Recreation and Leisure Services at either Georgian, Niagara or Fleming College, where I’ll learn how to lead events and guide tours.

The CYC summer program is for high-school volunteers and runs for nine weeks in July and August. Students can earn up to 35 volunteer hours during one week (five days) of work. Students volunteer for one week (Monday through Friday) on a variety of environmental activities, including:

  • stream restoration
  • tree planting
  • electrofishing
  • trail maintenance
  • invasive species removal and more.

Get outside, make new friends and take care of the environment!

Registration opens in March and spaces fill up fast. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

Send emails to [email protected].

Trevor assisting with CVC's Branch Out program
Trevor assisting with CVC’s Branch Out program
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