Programs & Services

New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps

  1. New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps

NMYCC funds youth-centered projects and career development

Click on the map to see projects in 2021 and 2022.
For a list of projects funded in 2023 and past projects, click here.

What Corps Members Say

I’m proud of the work I’ve done for the YCC, and earning a spot as a lead taught me how to communicate tasks along to my coworkers. – Zoe C., RFK Charter School 

This experience gave me insight of a career field I have been interested in for a long time. This experience was nice because it also gave me a step in the door for my future and college. – Steven L., Forest Stewards Guild

It will show me that I do have what it takes and that when I’m feeling exhausted, I can push harder. YCC was definitely a good experience and I highly recommend it. –  A.D., City of Aztec

About YCC

The New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission is allocated state governmental gross receipts taxes to fund projects that hire youth ages 14 to 25 to carry out community and conservation projects, and be trained in a variety of job, life, career and conservation skills. Local governments, tribes, and non-profits are eligible to apply for funding.

Returning Corps members are eligible for a $500 cash benefit or a $1,500 educational voucher.

A nine-member Commission governs the NMYCC. Five are Governor appointees and four are state agency staff. Commission meetings are held about four times per year and are open to the public.  Meeting information is posted here. The Commission hires and supervises the Executive Director and the Coordinator/Budget analyst.

The NMYCCC Act is the statutory authorization for the program. The YCC Rule lays out the regulations and standards developed by the Commission to administer the program.

Explore past YCC projects here!

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Contacts and Location

Sarah Wood, Executive Director sarah.wood@emnrd.nm.gov, 505.470.3710 (mobile)

Morgan Tolen, YCC Administrator / Coordinator, morganl.tolen@emnrd.nm.gov, 505.988.9599 (landline)

811 Saint Michael’s Drive, Suite 206, Santa Fe, NM 87505
The building is on the southeast corner of San Mateo and Calle Lorca. Our office is on the second floor.
How to find us.

Staff may be out of the office for travel to field sites or other NMYCC related business, so please call or text Sarah Wood at 505.470.3710 prior to visiting