The Youth Conservation Conference (YCC) primary mission is to expose youth to the world of Environmental Science through quality conservation class room and field experiences.
Environmental Science covers a broad area of issues such as conservation, climate change, bio diversity, water quality, soil contamination, ground water contamination, use of natural resources, water & air quality, green space, sustainable development and the list goes on.
Students participate in an intense 4 week conservation internship; 2 week Conservation “Boot Camp” & 2 week paid Insternship. The students gain an understanding of what conservation is and why it is so important. The YCC provides a continuous professional environment in which youth learn science techniques, land management, team work and leadership skills. These skills are necessary to identify, reclaim and protect precious and limited urban recreational waters, wetlands, and parklands.
Students that successfully complete the “Boot Camp” portion of the program earn the life long designation of “YCC Ambassador.” In addition, YCC Ambassadors earn a 2 week follow up training internship and a monetary stipend award of $640.00. More importantly YCC Ambassadors receive a portfolio of certified college endorsement letters from Supervisors and Managers of the Sponsoring Environmental Agencies; The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, US Fish & Wildlife Service, IL Department of Natural Resources, IL Conservation Foundation, Chicago EPA Office, Chicago Wilderness and the Field Museum.
The Program Starts June 18, 2012 and runs through July 16, 2012.
Students are required to meet Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm at the Fishin’ Buddies Headquarters-9946 South Halsted, Chicago, IL 60628
(Some Saturday Sessions will be necessary to complete the program)
We are seeking serious minded Junior & Senior High School level students…Many are called, Few are Chosen!
The Application Deadline is May 30th 2012.
To see the YCC Ambassadors in action Click Here.