Our YCorps (Youth Corps) is a seven-month apprenticeship program for young professionals. Each year, YCorps members facilitate, along with our full-time staff, retreats for schools all over the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, they experience a work culture that values Quality, Caring and Growth — one that makes time for personal reflection days, lunch-and-learn sessions and staff fun days. The program helps interns hone their communication and youth-worker skills. But most importantly, it prepares them to make a difference in whatever career they pursue.
The amount of self-confidence I gained during my time in the YCorps program is truly amazing. I learned how to be a confident public speaker and what it takes to be part of a successful team. Through presenting and connecting with students on retreats, I learned that my voice matters.
– Maddie Lenarz Hooyman, Former YCorps Member
Being part of the YCorps really paid off in so many ways. Each retreat was like a small intervention, reminding me to follow through on my own “acts of courage” in daily life. I will take the perspective I have gained from this experience with me wherever I go.
– Abdul Sesay, Former YCorps Member