State Parks Youth Corps Program to be Renewed

Governor Nixon said he plans to renew the state’s State Parks Youth Corps Program. The program uses federal funds to pay Missourians between 17 and 21 to do work in nearly all of the 85 state parks and historic sites. Scott Holste, the Governor’s spokesman, says there’s a wide range of tasks. He said in the past year, the Youth Corps put more than 187 thousand hours in at the parks, putting roofs on 25 buildings, used two thousand gallons of paint and blazed about 650 miles of trails in nearly 60 state parks. Holste said not only do the parks benefit, but the young workers do too, and they get paid for it.