Rob* enjoyed his summer job with Tree Trust so much in 2012 that he applied again for the summer of 2014 – and was excited to be back! Rob is a member of a Youth Conservation Corps crew that has been hard at work building a so-called “bee shed” for preschool children to safely view honeybees and their hives at Dodge Nature Center.
Rob, 18, has learned a lot about teamwork and working with diverse groups through his two summers with Tree Trust. “I’ve learned that you need to accept others because you may not be paired up with somebody strong, but if you help them out, you all walk away happy!” Rob said, adding that he also feels more responsible and motivated since he started his Tree Trust experience. “I try to help out other people as best I can now.”
Youth Conservation Corps participants learn many tangible skills, such as measuring, cutting, and proper tool use, during their work experience. They also complete the summer with a project they can be proud of. “I know that if I come back here with my kids, I can say I worked on that building. It will still be here,” Rob said about his project.
After the summer, Rob will start his senior year of high school and plans to find a full-time job after graduation. He isn’t sure what field he wants to go into, but reports that his Tree Trust experience has prepared him for a career in construction or management. He’s also increased his leadership skills, stating that he’s learned to come out of his shell and take on more roles as a leader with his crew. All of these newfound skills – plus having work experience to add to his resume – have set Rob up for a promising future. “When you keep an open mind, the job market is pretty big right now,” he concludes.
* names have been changed