A tradition of giving young people a 'hand up'
From our humble beginnings in 1999, we have sought to create opportunities for young people in western Colorado.
The Western Colorado Conservation Corps was started by Mesa County Partners (Partners), a private nonprofit organization in Grand Junction, Colorado. Partners utilized the model of President Franklin Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to give youth and young adults civic and professional training.
Under the New Deal, Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933 to combat a growing unemployment rate caused by the Great Depression. Members of the CCC lived in on-site camps and earned a modest living stipend, but were provided uniforms, meals and job training. The CCC was disbanded in 1942.
As a program of Mesa County Partners, we aim to provide the highest quality services to youth and young adults. We are accredited by the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and The Corps Network (TCN). Our relationships with CYCA and TCN help us maintain national standards for programming.