Teens, young adults commit summer to revitalizing neighborhoods

WisCorps kicks off summer conservation projects

Most teenagers look forward to Summer break as a chance for fun and vacations, but one group here in Wisconsin is spending part of the summer working for their communities.

Nearly 50 young adults from across Wisconsin were at the WisCorps Headquarters at the Myrick Park Center Friday, kicking off their summer conservation and community revitalization projects.

WisCorps hosted the six crews for an orientation and send-off ceremony. Of the six crews, two are staying right here in La Crosse as part of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, working on community revitalization projects.

Some of the other crews will be working on projects such as creating new recreational trails in La Crosse to making boardwalks more wheelchair accessible.

“It’s a fun job, but it’s real work for real pay, so you get paid for this work experience. Some of our crews actually receive AmeriCorps Scholarships for their work too, and a lot of our Corps members actually get jobs with park services, with the DNR after their work experience with us,” said WisCorps Operations Director Willie Bittner.

WisCorps says they are able to work with anyone interested in conservation work. If you’d like to apply just head to their website WisCorps.org and click on La Crosse Mayor’s Crew under the jobs tab.