Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

RMYC is the largest youth employer in northwest Colorado. Over 750 youth and young adults engage in valuable service projects each year throughout 11 rural counties. They build resiliency, job skills, and healthy lifestyles while making our communities great places to live! Thanks for your support!

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General Information

Official Name
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps​​​​​​​
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Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
EZ Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
991 Captain Jack Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Colorado Location
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991 Captain Jack Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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Voice Calls Only
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Mission Statement

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps engages young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives. We teach responsibility for self, community and environment through teamwork, service and experiential education.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will be the leader in NW Colorado to provide diverse opportunities for young people to participate in outdoor based service and education for their growth, respect and responsibility to self, community and environment. We will do this through strong sustainable collaborations with project, program, and funding partners and the creation of a youth development center.

Organization History

The City of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department established Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) in 1993 in response to a demand from the community for more summer jobs and recreational opportunities for teens and young adults. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps obtained non-profit status from the IRS in October of 1999. Privatization has allowed for more funding opportunities, a larger geographic area from which to recruit youth and projects, and greater capacity for programmatic changes in response to fluctuating demands.


Yampa Valley Science School Sixth Grade Participant Responses:
"I learned a lot more in one week than one year of science."
"I liked experiencing my learning rather than just reading about it."
"I really loved learning in a fun way and the whole sleepover part in the cabins and fireside was amazing!"

Service Learning Crew Participant Responses:
"I enjoyed meeting new people, getting exercise and helping the community."
"I liked SLC because it teaches kids outdoor work in a fun way."
"I liked SLC because it really pushes me to the limits and being in nature is fun."

Service Learning Crew Parents reported SLC participants experienced:
• Enjoyment in giving back to the community
• Teamwork and making new friends
• The value and importance of community service
• A sense of pride in working for the community
• A sense of responsibility, accountability, and commitment

Community Youth Crew Participant Responses:
"I would describe RMYC to someone else as a community group that focuses on helping others through service to the community."
"Rocky Mountain Youth Corps was very fun and interesting. What's better than doing work and getting paid? As a person I feel I improved on my survival skills and learning how to adapt to the harsh environment. I improved on connecting with more people and learned I can live without my phone."

Regional Youth Crew Participant Responses:
"My overall thought is that every kid and young adult should apply for a youth corps, for it gives you amazing amount of opportunity. Even if you find yourself not looking for this option in your future, it is a great reference to rely upon for whatever you do want yourself to do in the future."
"I believe I have definitely grown in my leadership abilities to talk and interact with other people."
Regional Service Crew participants overwhelmingly reported that their work was helpful to the community, and that their experience gave them important skills, tools and experience that will help in obtaining future employment.

Conservation Corps Participant Responses:
"I got to meet so many different people from around the country who had many different experiences than I had. I made friends that I probably would never have made. I see the world now through a much different perspective. I would like to make a difference and be an example to others that you can put your dreams out there and make anything happen."
"Now I know who I am and what I want enough to further my education and take bold steps as I continue forth on my journeys in life."

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