YCC Summer Development Program 2017
The primary mission of the Youth Conservation Conference (YCC) is to expose youth to the world of environmental science and conservation through quality classroom and field experiences. Environmental Science covers a broad area of issues such as conservation, climate change, biodiversity, water quality, soil contamination, groundwater contamination, use of natural resources, water & air quality, green space, sustainable development and the list goes on.

Students participate in an intense four-week conservation internship; two-week Conservation "Boot Camp" & a two-week paid Internship. The students gain an understanding of what conservation is and why it is so important. The YCC provides a continuous professional environment in which youth learn science techniques land management, teamwork and leadership skills. These skills are necessary to identify, reclaim and protect precious and limited urban recreational waters, wetlands and park lands.

Students that successfully complete the "Boot Camp" portion of the program earn the lifelong designation of “YCC Ambassador.” In addition, YCC Ambassadors earn a two-week follow up training internship. Upon successful completion of the "Boot Camp" and the internship, a monetary stipend award of $500.00 is remunerated. More importantly, YCC Ambassadors receive a portfolio of certified endorsement letters from supervisors and managers of the sponsoring environmental agencies: The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Conservation Foundation, Chicago EPA Office, Chicago Wilderness and the Field Museum.

The Program is for students that will become High School Sophomores & Juniors in the school year 2017 - 2018. The program will officially start June 19, 2017 and runs through July 14, 2017. Students are required to meet Monday through Friday (some Saturdays) 9am – 4pm at the
Fishin’ Buddies Headquarters.

Fishin' Buddies Inc.
9946 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60628

June 1st is the Application Deadline

Beaubien Woods
Invasive control exercise. Ever cut a tree down? These guys have.
Camp Sagawau
Listen and watch. Might hear and see something new.
Forest Preserves Fisheries Headquarters
Note taking is important.
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