A unique opportunity for youth to serve and learn
The Western Colorado Conservation Corps (WCCC) is a program of Mesa County Partners, a nonprofit organization based in Grand Junction, Colorado. As a 21st Century Conservation Corps We are accredited by the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and The Corps Network (TCN) and we work with AmeriCorps to provide education awards for our AmeriCorps Members. We work closely with land managers in scenic western Colorado including, Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Gunnison Counties to collaborate on land improvement projects.
WCCC Corps members serve in teams of 8 to 10, including one Crew Leader and two Assistant Crew Leaders. In partnership with land management agencies WCCC AmeriCorps Members work on projects such as: building and maintaining trails, fuel mitigation, fence construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, and habitat restoration.
Alongside Partners' Mentoring, and Restitution programs, the Western Colorado Conservation Corps' primary purpose is to help young people develop.
Many young people get into trouble because they lack the experience coping with problems and pressures that exist in their lives at home, in school, and in the community. Partners believes that a one-to-one relationship with a successfully coping adult can help a young person learn skills that will improve his/her adjustment to societal expectations. Partners believes in holding youth accountable for their actions while supporting them and teaching them new skills. Our goal is to help young people become independent and productive members of society.
The mission of Mesa County Partners is to make a difference in the lives of young people by helping them develop a positive self-image, a sense of belonging and an acceptance of responsibility for their actions.