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Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps: Visit a Crew Day


Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps:
"Visit a Crew Day"

By Ann DuBay

On Thursday, July 23, John Sawyer, Mayor of Santa Rosa, will join with other elected officials and community leaders to talk with and observe crews of young people working on ecosystem restoration projects throughout Sonoma County as part of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps’ “Visit a Crew Day.” This popular annual event illustrates to the community the types and volume of work that can be completed during the SCYEC’s eight-week program. Each summer, about 200 young people are provided real jobs and career-development opportunities through the county-sponsored program.

Members of the media are invited to attend this summer’s “Visit A Crew Day,” which will be held at the times and locations below.

“Our parks and open spaces look so much better and are much safer, thanks to the work of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps crews,” said Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors. “They do the jobs that otherwise wouldn’t get done.”

“It’s always great to see how much work can get done by a dedicated group of enthusiastic workers,” said Sonoma County Supervisor and Water Agency Director Efren Carrillo. “But the best part of Visit A Crew Day is hearing the stories told by the young people.”

“The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps provides jobs and paychecks while building environmental awareness in our youth. Visit A Crew Day is a great chance for our partners throughout the community to see what these young people can accomplish,” said Sonoma County Supervisor and Water Agency Director Shirlee Zane.


South County – 12 PM (Includes Lunch)
Petaluma Bounty Farm (55 Shasta Avenue, Petaluma)
Youth Agency: Petaluma People Services Center
RSVPs: Matt Olhausen (Rep Huffman’s Office), Janelle Wetzstein, Aidan Lynch (Assembly member Levine’s Office)

West County - 10 AM
Russian River Senior Resource Center (15010 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville)
Youth Agency: West County Community Services
RSVPs: Efren Carrillo (BOS), Sherrill Stockton, Deb Johnson, Clara Else and potentially Christy Pichel (WCCS Board)

North County – 10 AM
State of California Wildlife Conservation Habitat Project (910 Lytton Station Road, Geyserville)
Youth Agency: The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship

Sonoma Valley - 10 AM
Jack London State Park (2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen)
Youth Agency: Social Advocates for Youth
RSVPs: Chair, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Susan Gorin

Santa Rosa - 10AM
Howarth Park (630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa)
Youth Agency: Social Advocates for Youth
RSVPs: Santa Rosa Mayor John Sawyer, Santa Rosa Councilmember Ernesto Olivares, Michael Cook (SAY Board of Directors),

Rohnert Park – 10AM
Sunrise Park (5201 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park)
Youth Agency: Conservation Corps North Bay
RSVPs: Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and aide Michelle Whitman

 The 14-to-24-year-olds employed through this summer’s program are working on ecosystem restoration and conservation-related projects. Entry-level youth earn $9 an hour and older youth, who use power tools, earn $10-11 an hour. Crews conduct flood mitigation and stream restoration activities, invasive species removal, maintain and build trails in local parks, clean up open spaces, and support community gardening projects across Sonoma County. Throughout the summer, crew members receive job-readiness training, environmental education and attend a financial literacy workshop.

The program culminates with the Opportunity Fair (Thursday, July 30, 8:30-11:45AM at Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa) where crew members explore options in ongoing employment, education and training.

Since its inception in 2009, the summer program has provided paid employment to more than 1,200 young people. Some youth not suited to outdoor crew work are placed with local non-profit organizations and a small number of crews of older youth continue in a year-round program. While all young people are eligible and encouraged to apply, approximately 70% of those employed are at-risk youth.

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Ann DuBay

Sonoma County Water Agency

Community & Government Affairs Manager

(707) 524-8378 (office)

(707) 322-8185 (cell)