Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Taos News

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC)’s Conservation Program Director, and Taos Town Council member Darien Fernandez, did not wear the corps member blue shirt as a teenager, like fellow council member Taos Mayor Pascual Maestas — Fernandez found his way to the program as an adult because of a fondness for “budgets and chainsaws.” He gets to do a lot of that as the steward of a program that inspires and equips young adults to pursue their dreams. ......

RMYC projects are hands-on sweat equity for the community they serve. “As the largest service corps in New Mexico, we send our crews in blues across the state. This year, we have some projects that speak close to home. We’ve got a Deaf and Hard of Hearing crew composed of students from New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD). They’re helping to preserve some sites at Pecos National Historical Park, revitalizing a historic orchard at NMSD, removing invasive species and planting native grasses at the Santa Fe Railyard Conservancy. We’ve got a great partnership with NMSD and field crews every year.”

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