The Family YMCA chose not to pursue grants from New Mexico's Youth Conservation Corps for youth employment during the summers of 2020 and 2021. Health crisis considerations and the resultant loss of business revenue for the Y would not allow us to support the program until reimbursements. The Y hopes to build up resources and be on solid financial ground so that we may offer this program in the Summer of 2022.
From 2009-2016, and in 2018-2020, the state of New Mexico's Youth Conservation Corps has provided funding to The Family YMCA to hire Trail crews to repair fire-damaged footpaths and to create new sustainable trails. The High Altitude Athletics Club also supported efforts in 2018 and 2019. Funding will hire 30 youth ages 14 to 25 for trail work.
In 2017, The Family YMCA partnered with Bandelier National Monument, the Volunteer Task Force, Delle Foundation, UNM-LA and Pajarito Trail Fest to hold a summer jobs program for youth ages 16-24. The work provided service-learning and environmental education opportunities, including a college credit.