Engagement

Oregon Youth Corps (OYC)​​​​

OYC Mission and Vision

MISSION 
Empowering youth by providing outdoor work and stewardship experiences throughout Oregon.

VISION
Oregon’s at-risk youth are successful community members engaged in work, stewardship, and lifelong learning.

Grant Programs

SUMMER CONSERVATION CORPS (SCC) 
SCC is OYC’s largest state-funded program, with the goal of having a local program in each of Oregon’s 36 counties and in Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. The primary objective of an SCC program is to provide youth an opportunity to develop critical soft/life skills through paid summer employment opportunities where they gain valuable job skills while completing community focused, natural resource and stewardship projects.

COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP CORPS (CSC) 
CSC programs are comprised of innovative, community-focused, alternative education programs that combine classroom and field-based learning. Youth gain valuable education, employment and leadership skills while learning work ethic and gaining environmental knowledge while working towards their high school diploma or GED. 

Youth Empowerment

WORK INDICATORS/SKILL BUILDING
  • ​Work-Ready Skills include: punctuality, professional appearance, appropriate dress, positive attitude, coachability, initiative, problem solving, and work ethic.
  • Corpsmembers are taught effective communication skills for the workplace, including professional language, teamwork, active listening, and conflict resolution.
  • Programs promote a positive attitude among Corpsmembers.
  • Programs teach relevant technical skills based on the projects completed.

STEWARDSHIP
  • ​Projects being completed have meaningful impacts on local communities.
  • Programs engage local community partners.
  • Corpsmembers are exposed to partner connections to continue their community stewardship.
  • Programs instill the value of stewardship and community involvement and ensure Corpsmembers understand the impact of their work.

EDUCATION/LIFELONG LEARNING
  • ​Programs promote the importance of education.
  • Corpsmembers are exposed to experiential, hands-on learning and teachable moments.
  • Programs offer the opportunity for Corpsmembers to gain credit(s) toward an educational award (e.g. GED, college degree, or certificate).

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