ERIC Number: ED211850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Conservation Jobs and Service--A New National Corps? Report of a Conference (Washington, D.C., May 4-5, 1981).
Human Environment Center, Washington, DC.
The Human Environment Center held a national conference on Youth Conservation Jobs and Service in May, 1981, in Washington, D.C., attended by approximately 100 representatives of minority, employment, youth, environmental, and national service interests. The conferees concurred that the Young Adult Conservation Corps (YACC) and the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) have been notably cost-effective programs, producing benefits in urban and rural conservation and gains for youth that remain under-recognized in official circles and among the public. There was unanimous agreement that these programs should be continued, with certain improvements. The bulk of discussion concerned adjustments that would make youth conservation jobs and service increasingly beneficial to natural resources, communities, and youth, through efficiencies befitting aims of the present Administration. Participants achieved consensus on the following points: (1) youth conservation work and service programs are needed, both to stem backlogs of work that has been neglected and to give productive employment to otherwise idle youth; (2) a new national conservation corps should be formed from the present YACC and YCC programs; (3) the corps should have a primary mission or productive conservation, with youth employment and service as a close secondary mission; (4) traditional conservation work should be performed in both urban and rural areas; (5) funding should be increased for the states' administration of the youth corps projects; (6) all youths should be eligible, but recruiting youths from povery-level families should be emphasized; and (7) skills training should be provided for corps members. Summaries of conference speeches, the conference program, and a list of participants are included in the report. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.
Authoring Institution: Human Environment Center, Washington, DC.