San Juan Island Youth Conservation Corps (SJIYCC)
The San Juan Island Conservation Corps (SJICC) began in 2012 as a youth stewardship program in partnership with San Juan Island National Historical Park.
The Stewardship Network of the San Juans served as a partner in the establishment of the program. The SJICC has been firmly established after five successful summer youth crew programs. Students in grades 7-9 from Friday Harbor Middle School and Spring Street International School participate in summer work programs emphasizing field science/natural history, service learning, and leadership skills training especially related to becoming lifelong earth stewards. In addition to this valuable and fun summer experience, participants also receive compensation in the form of a stipend for the work.
So far, over 80 students have contributed over 3,500 hours to the community and its public lands in beneficial restoration projects, scientific monitoring, and environmental education such as beach cleanup, invasive species monitoring and removal, enhancing Island Marble Butterfly habitat, and improving trails to access coveted island sites.