RMYC sends crew to help clean up hur­ri­cane-hit Hous­ton

The Taos News - - SPORTS - – Sub­mit­ted re­port youth­corps.org

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps teams are headed to Texas from Taos to help Hous­ton with re­build­ing ef­forts after that city was dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. Their ef­fort will be funded thanks to a $79,000 grant from the Re­build Texas Fund.

The grant also pro­vides corps mem­bers with life-skills train­ing, pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and aca­demic schol­ar­ships.

The Re­build Texas Fund was launched days after Hur­ri­cane Har­vey blasted through Texas com­mu­ni­ties al­most a year ago. A col­lab­o­ra­tive project of the Michael & Su­san Dell Foun­da­tion and the OneS­tar Foun­da­tion, the fund is ded­i­cated to the re­gion’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery. Funded or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, play a crit­i­cal role as re­build­ing con­tin­ues in the com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are grate­ful for the Re­build Texas Fund’s ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion for re­build­ing and re­vi­tal­iz­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ben Thomas, RMYC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in a state­ment.

“We are ex­cited to give Rocky Mountain Youth Corps this grant to con­tinue our col­lec­tive mis­sion of help­ing com­mu­ni­ties re­build after Hur­ri­cane Har­vey,” said Neeraj Ag­ger­wal, di­rec­tor of Re­build Texas Fund. “We know that re­build­ing re­quires strong, creative part­ners from busi­ness, gov­ern­ment, non-profit and phi­lan­thropy work­ing to­gether.”

The Re­build Texas Fund sup­ports or­ga­ni­za­tions across all five re­gions im­pacted by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey and that pro­vide services in six fo­cus ar­eas: com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, health, hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and child­care, trans­porta­tion and work­force, and cap­i­tal for re­build­ing small busi­nesses.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps pro­vides job train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence to young adults, en­cour­ag­ing them to live healthy, pro­duc­tive lives, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Corps mem­bers work on land con­ser­va­tion, recre­ation, and preser­va­tion projects while learn­ing valu­able life skills. They also can re­ceive pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, and earn ed­u­ca­tional schol­ar­ships as a re­sult of their com­mu­nity ser­vice. Visit

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A team from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Taos pre­pares to leave for Texas.

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