Duwamish Valley Youth Corps

Fall Cohort is in session! Registration was on September 6th, Class started on Sept 11th.

New WINTER DVYC cohort begins January 8th, 2018

These youth will work hard and have fun while learning job skills and investing in their community.  This Winter, the DVYC will be planting trees, connecting with the 4th Graders at Concord International, and more!  Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates.

We are also continuing the Leadership Training Program in partnership with the Seattle Youth Employment Program!  Youth Corps from past cohorts are returning this cohort to serve as mentors, deepening their job and leadership skills as well as continuing to support community projects.  We are so excited to be able to add this part of the Youth Corps!

Check out the videos these youth filmed and edited themselves!  They tell the story of their community and talk about how to take positive action for the health of these communities.  Thanks to Futurewise and Latino Northwest Communications for their partnership in this work!

2018 Highlights:

Ken Workmen, DVYC Leader Daniella, Paulina Lopez

Green Infrastructure Summit: Next Generation Leaders

Here are some more highlights from 2015 and 2016:

  • The Duwamish Valley Youth Corps partnered with the Seattle Globalist to share and record their stories. ¬†Take a listen!
  • Shalina Lal, a mentor from the DVYC, was featured during the launch of the Equity Environment Agenda on Earth Day 2016 – she shared why this agenda is so important!
  • Representatives from the DVYC won the Great Environmental Issues Slam presented by the Washington Foundation for the Environment – they received $750 to donate to the charity of their choice!
  • The launch of the Leadership Training Program, with mentors receiving additional training and serving as role models for the DVYC members!
  • Aldebaran Hernandez joined Paulina Lopez on stage for a presentation at the Green-Duwamish Symposium – inspiring¬†the room with his story!

Highlights from 2015:

2015 was a banner year for the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps. Here are some highlights:

  • Planted 250 trees in the urban neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown
  • Constructed and maintained 8 large rain gardens in South Park
  • Installed over 200 native plants at the “Happy Trail,” River City Skate Park, and Duwamish Waterway Park
  • Spoke with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Washington Gov. Jay¬†Inslee about their community and its priorities,¬†advocating for the health of their community
  • Led the Fiestas Patrias parade with Mayor Murray in September
  • Assisted 45 residents in building high-quality home air filters to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution
  • Organizing and leading the first-ever Environmental Education Youth Forum at the South Park Community Center on October 24. ¬†85 youth, families, and community members attended!

Check out a highlight video of the 2015 Duwamish Valley Youth Corps!

DRCC/TAG is excited to be able to provide this valuable career training in “green” job skills including urban forestry, ecological restoration, and plant care.¬† They worked closely with professionals, and will be exposed to opportunities for continuing education to improve their own community.¬† Upon completion, the participants receive a graduation certificate and a stipend.

See below for more information about who is eligible to apply to be part of the DVYC!Youth Corps at the River


What is the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps?

With the support of the  U.S. Forest Service, DRCC/TAG was able to establish our 2014 Youth Corps Program to support restoration and revitalization of the Duwamish Valley neighborhoods of South Park, Georgetown and surrounding areas.  The program is a paid environmentally-based job skills program for teens.

Our Duwamish Valley Youth Corps supports environmental and health improvement projects, including urban forestry, identified as priorities by residents and stakeholders in the Duwamish Valley neighborhoods.  Through this work, the youth corps learn about ecology and gain job skills.  The program is equal parts environmental science, job skills training, stewardship, and outdoor hands-on work.

In addition to environmental improvements, such as increases in tree canopy, greater access to community gardens, and improvements in neighborhood walking trails, Duwamish Valley residents have also identified improved youth programming, employment and engagement as a high priority need to promote overall community health, and to support and train new generation of community leaders.

The three main goals of our Duwamish Valley Youth Corps Program are:

  • Train and engage youth in environmental and community health improvement projects
  • Support the community‚Äôs selected health priorities
  • Provide meaningful, paid training, work and career pathways for local Duwamish valley teens

For more information about the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps Program, please contract our Youth Program Coordinator : Carmen Martinez : Carmen@duwamishcleanup.org

Who is eligible to apply to be a part of the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps?

  • Youth ages 13 to 18 living in South Park and Georgetown (if close to the boundaries, contact Carmen to determine eligibility
  • Must be dependable and able to attend each session of the Youth Corps
  • Motivated and Curious
  • Should be independent and able to work well with and listen to adults
  • Those able to speak-up and communicate
  • Hard worker
  • Would work well on a team of peers
  • Hands-on learner

Contact Carmen to apply. Carmen@duwamishcleanup.org 206-816-2856

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