The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) program was named a 2015 Bright Ideas honoree by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
The 2015 Lawn Replacement Program was responsible for replacing 30 residential lawns and over 43,000 square feet of grass with native and drought-tolerant plants. Learn more by clicking the Fun Facts sheet below.
During 2015, 150 youth were employed at 30 different public and non-profit organization project hosts throughout Sonoma County. Nine funders provided $742,096 for the 2015 SCYEC summer program.
Sonoma County’s Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) received the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 2014 Challenge Award.
CSAC has produced a series of videos and blog postings highlighting the winners. To see the SCYEC video clip, please click CSAC Challenge Award Blog.
To read a Blog about the program, please click CSAC Challenge Award Video: SCYEC.
During 2012, 224 youth were employed at 75 different work sites throughout Sonoma County. Five organizations provided $783,087 for the SCYEC summer program.
The 2011 SCYEC employed 173 youth and was supported by funds from the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Sonoma County Human Services Department (Workforce Investment Act), and foundation funding.
A total of $635,000 was invested locally.
During 2010, 176 youth and more than 20 crew leaders, environmental educators and other program staff were employed at 68 project host sites across Sonoma County. The 2010 SCYEC was supported with resources from the Workforce Investment Act, the Sonoma County Water Agency, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (ARRA), and local donations. A total of $850,000 was invested locally.
The coalition launched the SCYEC in 2009 and supported 27 crews and employed over 300 young people ages 14-24 at 32 project host sites. The 2009 SCYEC was supported by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Sonoma County Water Agency. A total of over $1.4 million was invested locally.