BECOME A YOUTHWORK MEMBER
All are welcome!
Thanks for your interest in joining YouthWork and GETTING THINGS DONE for your community!
YouthWork members are young adults ages 17-26+ from central and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula who want to GET THINGS DONE for their community and learn important job and life skills.
YouthWork members come from all walks of life. Some have experience in conservation or construction and just want to learn new skills. Others have never had a job or worked outdoors and want to gain experience. No matter where you’re starting, we want you to succeed and will provide the training and support necessary to help you reach your goals.
All are welcome at YouthWork and all of us benefit from YouthWork activities. At the heart of YouthWork is an inclusive culture where our vulnerable, diverse members are met with respect and kindness. YouthWork proudly accepts and deliberately recruits members from varying backgrounds, with varying talents and capabilities.
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WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
BENEFITS OF SERVING
As an AmeriCorps member, you will receive a living stipend that is based on the length of your service and the number of hours you serve. For a 300-hour term, you will receive a total living stipend of $3,000, paid bi-weekly in even disbursements (ie. divided by the number of weeks in your term).
If you complete your term successfully, you will also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for qualifying expenses for college or higher education or to repay qualified student loans. Members who successfully complete a 300-hour term earn a $1,311.11 education award.
When serving with YouthWork, you will also gain lifelong skills that will help you get a good job, finish school, and be more prepared to tackle life’s challenges. You will meet other youth members from around the state and will work with adult Crew Leaders who will teach and support you along the way. YouthWork wants you to succeed. Ensuring that our members have a positive, beneficial experience is our number one goal. Our staff are here to help you reach your education and employment goals.
YouthWork AmeriCorps members complete a 300-hour term over a period of 9-18 weeks, depending on the season and your availability. If you’re successful, you may serve additional terms or term lengths. AmeriCorps members may serve up to four terms. YouthWork has three cohorts that mirror school semesters – fall, spring, and summer. During the school year, students still in school serve about 20 hours per week, either serving two full days and attending school the other three days, or serving five half-days and attending school the other half of the day. In the summer months, members serve four days per week for ten hours each day, averaging 40 hours per week.
HOW LONG CAN I SERVE?
HOW IT WORKS
YouthWork members are organized into crews of 2-6 youth (limited to 3 members during COVID-19) supervised by a qualified adult Crew Leader. Throughout your term, you will serve with the same crew as you go out into your community and complete projects for our local partners such as the Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, local parks & recreation departments, regional/local land conservancies and conservation districts, local nonprofits, and more. Projects might include building or improving trails or boardwalks, removing invasive species, planting trees, supporting a local nonprofit, and more.
In addition to basic tool use, Leave No Trace Techniques, and workplace safety, members are trained in punctuality, communication, professionalism, and independent living skills. Members may also have the opportunity to receive a variety of additional training and certifications that may include: CPR and First Aid; Scaffold and Harness Safety; Light Construction; Lead Awareness certification; OSHA certifications of various lengths/proficiencies; and other recognized credentials.
Members serve throughout northern and central Michigan and the Upper Peninsula with most serving within 50 miles of their home communities. Crews may travel overnight outside their hometown to serve in some of Michigan's most beautiful, environmentally sensitive places, often for the first time in their lives. At these overnight spike camps, members complete service projects in remote and serene destinations like Fox Island, accessible only by boat. Teambuilding occurs as they prepare meals together, bond over shared experiences, and enjoy camping in the places they are improving or maintaining.