YCC Wraps Up Another Season

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

The 7 Lakes Alliance Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) season wrapped up last week! This season certainly came with its fair share of challenges, and we were fortunate to have an experienced and mature crew to make it work. With a team of just six members practicing social-distancing and mask-wearing, we were able to focus on high-priority issues and complete a number of erosion-control projects throughout the watershed. Most team members are going back to school this week, but we will still be conducting site visits and tying up loose ends through September. The success of the YCC during this difficult season has been made possible by our outstanding crew and wonderful supporters!

This year, the recipients of the Joly Award are Courtney Richard and Connor Grindle. The Joly Award was established to reward and incentivize great work by our staff and to commemorate the late Bob Joly of Smithfield, Maine, a founder of the Youth Conservation Corps in 1996. Each year, we select two worthy recipients from among the YCC staff who have demonstrated exemplary work effort and teamwork. Bob Joly cared deeply about the lakes and about youth, and this award is a fit tribute to his tireless volunteer efforts.

Courtney Richard, a graduate of Mount Blue High School in Farmington, currently attending the University of Maine, Presque Isle. This was her second season with the YCC and she demonstrated leadership, maturity, and a strong work ethic. She comes to work every day with a positive attitude and is key in motivating the other crew members. Courtney is truly a role model for new and returning members. She is consistently punctual, attentive, and driven.