YouthWorks Outdoor Learning and Environmental Skills Programs
empowering youth today, towards a livable future
YouthWorks is committed to working towards a sustainable future for our Northern New Mexico community by offering education and paid training opportunities focused on environmental stewardship, natural resources management, and social justice. By providing youth with opportunities to spend time in the forests and mountains that surround Santa Fe and to participate in art and poetry workshops at local parks and along the Santa Fe River, we also encourage them to cultivate connections with their natural surroundings and empower youth to become the environmental leaders of tomorrow.
YouthWorks connects youth, ages 16 through 24, with jobs and paid internships that include environmental restoration projects, land management, farming, construction, and culinary arts. Since opening our doors in 2001, YouthWorks remains dedicated to helping youth develop the necessary skills to become active, productive community members and leaders. The success of thousands of program participants shows that with a support network, education, and job training, youth can acquire the competencies necessary for meeting the challenges that they encounter throughout life.
Our Work in Action
Santa Fe Youth Corps
Field Trips and Outdoor Learning Opportunities
YouthWorks participants go on monthly field trips to local natural and cultural sites. YouthWorks has visited: Pecos National Historical Park, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, Folk Art Museum, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Meow Wolf, Glorieta Battlefield Trail, Santa Fe River Trail and many others. YouthWorks classroom regularly meets for class sessions in the park adjacent to the YouthWorks service center. YouthWorks prioritizes creating cultural and ecologically relevant learning opportunities for youth participants.
Outdoor Art and Murals Projects
Santa Fe Youth Corps
2022 Santa Fe Youth Corps Spring/Summer Season
During the 6 month spring/summer 2022 season, YouthWorks (YW) and the Santa Fe Youth Conservation Corps (SFYCC) are working with community partners to offer a crew of 15-20 youth the opportunity to improve their local communities while gaining skills in trail and park maintenance and sustainable farming practices. Working with the City of Santa Fe and with the nonprofit Tierra Contenta, these youth are restoring tails and planting native vegetation in three open areas used by residents of the Tierra Contenta community.
Partnering with Reunity Resources Farm, Santa Fe Youth Corps is gaining skills in vermiculture, soil remediation, greenhouse management, crop planting, and harvesting. At Full Circle Farm, using property leased from Reunity Resources, the YW/SF Youth Corps is expanding the farmable acreage while learning how to operate and maintain a solar-operated irrigation system that is supporting their efforts to plant and harvest hundreds of pounds of produce for community members facing food security challenges. The Santa Fe Youth Corps is also launching new farming partnerships with three northern New Mexico farms to assist with farming output, while learning each farm’s specific trades and need to get their produce to market for local consumption. Santa Fe Youth Corps is expanding our reach to further increase local food security and to teach the next generation of farmers.
While participating in this program, youth have support for academic advancement, a variety of trades certifications, First Aid/CPR certification and GED preparation to support youth advance toward successful futures with skills, confidence and vision.
Caring for the planet…
Caring for the community…
Promoting social justice.