The Family YMCA

1450 Iris St. Los Alamos, NM 87544

Y Earth Services (YES) Corps

The Y Earth Service Corps (YESC) is a summer service-learning program for youth ages 12 to 15 (going into 7th-9th grade). It meets Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; participants can choose the weeks they wish to attend. The crew members work on various weekly projects over the summer to improve our local environment and community. Typical projects include trail maintenence and clean-up on local trails, landscaping, gardening, weeding, job shadowing, and many others. Space is limited to 8 youth per week.

Monday thru Thursday will be volunteer/service-oriented projects.

Fridays will be fun and relaxing days with activities such as: swimming, park days, games/activities/climbing wall at the YMCA, etc...

Finally, the season will conclude with a group campout on Friday, July 28th! All YESC participants for the 2023 Summer Season will be invited! Even if you only participate in one week of YESCorps! 

YESC Mission: To empower young people to be effective, responsible, global citizens by providing opportunities for environmental education and action, leadership development, and cross-cultural awareness.

Season: June 19 - July 28, 2023                                                       
Registration Open: February 1st-June 18th, 2023
Days/Times: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Cost: $50 per week (space is limited)
*Fridays will be "Fun Days" (Start/End times may vary)
*Season will conclude with a campout for all participants
*No YESCorps on Monday, June 19th (Juneteenth) or Tuesday, July 4th

Program payment policy: payment upon registration is required, no refunds, credits will be given on a case to case basis.


YESC Philosophy: Learn by DOING. Members are given a unique opportunity to identify local environmental issues while working collaboratively to engage in community action. We combine volunteer service, environmental education, and work experience in a program that focuses on trail improvement, landscaping, watershed restoration, fire ecology, gardening, group-work, mentoring, and creative projects. Our supervised summer program includes opportunities for environmental education and action, leadership development, and cross-cultural awareness.

Program participants must have a parent/guardian sign a Child Liability Waiver and a COVID-19 waiver before participating.