Last year, Mile High Youth Corps had 172 youth complete our various programs and each one of them stated that MHYC had a positive impact, and they were able to serve in a leadership role during their term. This year MHYC not only has many Corpsmembers returning for a second or third term but quite a few are returning as Crew Leaders. Over the next few weeks we would like to highlight those Corpsmembers who have returned as Crew Leaders.
Before joining MHYC Jon studied accounting at Northern Illinois University and Katie earned her political science degree. Jon was on our Pathfinders Summer Trails Crew and Katie was on our Seasonal Saw Trailblazers crew, then our ACLC crew. Both Jon and Katie agree that one of their favorite Corpsmember memories was meeting the great people on their crews. They not only learned about conservation work but also felt they were doing work that was fulfilling and impactful. Jon said that he wanted to be a Crew Leader because he had a positive experience and felt as a Crew Leader he could help give others the positive experience he had. Katie returned to MHYC to be a Crew Leader because she had rewarding experiences in past seasons, and she wanted to be able to help other Corpsmembers have that same experience.
This summer Katie is a Crew Leader for the Trailblazers saw day crew and is looking forward to getting to know her crew and taking advantage of this unique opportunity and fun job. After her term is complete Katie hopes to get a grant writing fellowship and finish her application for the Peace Corps. Jon is a Crew Leader for the Rockclimbers trail crew and he is also looking forward to getting to know his crew and help the Corpsmembers grow. Once he completes his term Jon wants to work in the public accounting field and continue to find time for conservation work and giving back to his community.
Welcome back Katie and Jon, good luck in your new roles as Crew Leaders!