2016 Corps Member of the Year honored at March 6 Board of County Commissioners' meeting

March 6, 2017

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Garfield County commissioners offered thanks and congratulations to a local teen, whose hard work earned him the title of 2016 Corps Member of the Year from the Colorado Youth Corps Association.

Brendon Tiffany, who is a junior at Coal Ridge High School near New Castle, was honored in January at the State Capitol in Denver. Just nine corps members from Colorado earned that recognition.

The commissioners recognized Tiffany’s efforts at their regular meeting Monday, March 6.

Last summer, Tiffany was a corps member on the Regional Service Crew (RSC) for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) in northwest Colorado. He worked tirelessly for two weeks with the RSC on a Bureau of Land Management fence project atop the Roan Plateau near Rifle.

According to the organization’s website, corps members help maintain recreation infrastructure in Colorado; improve the health of the state’s forests and prairies; maintain and enhance critical wildlife habitat and riparian areas, among other endeavors.

Garfield County has partnered with RMYC since 2012. The county commissioners vigorously support the program, with a goal to engage young people in the county with meaningful work and learning opportunities, while assisting public land management agencies that have faced budget issues in their recreation and natural resource programs.

Steve Anthony, vegetation manager for Garfield County, said the program, and Tiffany’s efforts are invaluable.

“We are very proud of Brendon and his accomplishments. His recognition as one of only nine Youth Corps ‘Corpsmembers of the Year’ out of over 1500 statewide participants is a very select honor and speaks highly of his commitment and work ethic,” “he said. “We always appreciate all of our young residents who participate in any of the three Youth Corps/Garfield County programs that are available to them each summer.”

Anthony said parents, and students seeking for summer work, are encouraged to look into the program, and to learn more about its opportunities.

Interested parties should contact Rocky Mountain Youth Corps at rockymountainyouthcorps.org, or Anthony at (970) 945-1377 ext. 4305, or by email.