AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through thousands of nonprofit organizations, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing more than 3.4 million volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits. The experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) has been the largest AmeriCorps program operating in northern New Mexico since 1995. RMYC's AmeriCorps program instills in young adults an increased spirit of civic engagement. We inspire youth to make a difference in themselves and their communities. Through training and team service, RMYC is a stepping stone to new opportunities. RMYC has engaged thousands of primarily Hispanic and Native American youth, providing them with innovative service learning opportunities, a GED program, and continuing educational scholarships, employment readiness, character development and substance abuse prevention programs. Our goal is to prepare 16 to 25 year old young people for responsible, productive lives and revitalize communities across northern New Mexico.

AmeriCorps crews in northern New Mexico have completed hundreds of community service projects including restoration and construction of over 1,000 miles of recreational trails, restoration of over 300 acres of national forest, and energy audits and weatherization services to 70 low income and elderly local residents. These community services would not be possible without AmeriCorps support. Equally important, in the closing months of 2012, Taos AmeriCorps crews deployed to serve thousands of families affected by Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy. These crews provided disaster relief assistance by staffing emergency shelters and removing debris from destroyed properties in the New York City area.

In 2012, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps was awarded a contract from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) to weatherize homes for low-income and elderly residents in Northern New Mexico. Through three service providers located throughout the state, MFA's NM Energy$mart program provides weatherization services for more than 2,000 families each year, creating warmer, safer and more energy efficient homes. RMYC has received $456,414 in funding from MFA, which will allow our AmeriCorps Energy Efficiency Crew to weatherize approximately 50 homes over the next four months.

On March 11, 2013, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' AmeriCorps Energy Efficiency Crew will be working in your community. This crew will be completing weatherization activities on low income and elderly homes in and around Quay County. These activities exemplify the spirit of AmeriCorps as youth serving on crews earn valuable stackable work credentials while completing service which makes their communities healthier, safer and stronger.

We would be honored if you could visit our work site at 6687 Quay Road in Tucumcari on March 11, 2013 at
1 pm to celebrate AmeriCorps Week and meet the Energy Efficiency crew. This visit will allow you to have a greater understanding the valuable services AmeriCorps provides to your community as well as learn more about the skills and training these young adults are receiving through this valuable federal program.

"AmeriCorps members are having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing northern New Mexico while developing their personal and employment skills" said Carl Colonius, Executive Director at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, "AmeriCorps Week is a way to honor the commitment and selflessness of local AmeriCorps members and highlight the power of service to make a difference in communities and the lives of those who serve."

Contact: Carl Colonius
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AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through thousands of nonprofit organizations, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing more than 3.4 million volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits. The experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) has been the largest AmeriCorps program operating in northern New Mexico since 1995. RMYC's AmeriCorps program instills in young adults an increased spirit of civic engagement. We inspire youth to make a difference in themselves and their communities. Through training and team service, RMYC is a stepping stone to new opportunities. RMYC has engaged thousands of primarily Hispanic and Native American youth, providing them with innovative service learning opportunities, a GED program, and continuing educational scholarships, employment readiness, character development and substance abuse prevention programs. Our goal is to prepare 16 to 25 year old young people for responsible, productive lives and revitalize communities across northern New Mexico.