2 Routt County youths to be honored for Youth Corps work

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— Two Routt County youths will be recognized this weekend as 2011 Corpsmember of the Year award recipients at the Colorado Youth Corps Association’s annual ceremony in Denver.

Steamboat Springs residents Connor Bernard and Sam Meyer are among the 10 youths from across Colorado who will receive the Corpsmember of the Year awards during a Feb. 6 ceremony in the state Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chambers.

Bernard is being recognized for his work as a member of Steamboat Springs-based Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Youth Corps officials described Bernard as a leader who displayed maturity and strong civic engagement during his work with the nonprofit agency last summer.

“I made lasting friendships, great memories and gained much as a person from the experience,” Bernard said in a news release.

Steamboat’s Sam Meyer will receive a 2011 Corpsmember of the Year award for his work with the Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps.

Meyer moved to Steamboat from Fort Collins in fall 2010 and is a freshman at Steamboat Springs High School. He joined the Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps as a way to make some extra money, but he said the experience also helped him meet new people and engage in conservation work in his own community.

The Colorado Youth Corps Association is a coalition of 10 accredited youth conservation corps that employ and train children and young adults in land, water and energy conservation projects, according to the news release. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps are among those 10 accredited youth conservation corps in Colorado.

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