Youth Employment Program was organized by Steve Adams in 1994 as a means to employ youth of Lemhi County, Idaho. Adams put together the initial funding for the non-profit corporation. He then convinced the Lemhi county commissioner, Hebert Stokes, of the need for a youth involvement program in the community. Mr. Stokes, along with Dan Walker, were able to secure funds for the Youth Employment Program from the Auwen-Berger Foundation.
This initial funding was used to purchase vehicles, equipment, and allow for a small budget that allowed the program to hire a part-time coordinator. Y.E.P. began operating in the summer of 1995 with a few minimum wage workers. The salary range has grown upwards to agency technician level as some workers have advanced to GPS mapping of weed infestations and range positions, all under the tutelage of agency personnel.
In 2002 The U.S.F.S. made a $262,000 hiring commitment for projects putting Lemhi youth working on weed inventories, weed pulling, and general rangeland improvements, which included development of springs and building fences around springs to keep cattle out of sensitive areas.
The Forest Service has also employed and trained office workers in many skills up to and including website development. According to Adams the wide diversity of work opportunities offered by the BLM and the Forest Service fits perfectly with the YEP concept. “That’s the goal… to get these kids some direction!” BLM started employing YEP workers from the beginning, providing $25,000 per year for the program’s first 2 years. Involvement has continued to grow and last year $70,000 was paid in support of the 33 workers hired. A BLM spokesperson said of the YEP program, ”The BLM feels that this program is a tremendous way to educate young people about public land management, assist in developing a strong work ethic and gain a greater appreciation of the natural world around us.” The relationship with the BLM is very solid.
The age range of YEP workers is from 14 to 25, although most are in their high school years. The program, of course, is open to both male and female workers. Over the years there have been very few young people who did not meet the “willing to work” criterion… show up on time, do the job, take direction, and work with others.
Our Mission Statement
YEP mission is to provide young people with first time structured jobs that teach positive working skills and habits which will serve them throughout life.
Our young people also experience the positive reward of getting paid for a job well done. Most of these work projects take place in an outdoor setting and build self -reliant leaders and team members.
Completing these challenging work projects develops our young men and women into self-confident and contributing adults. YEP government agency office positions give excellent grounding in the world of management.
Employment Program, Inc. is governed by a board of directors. These individuals contribute numerous hours and valuable experience in the direction of the program. Without their unselfish giving of time and energy this program would not be possible.
Eddie was born and raised in Salmon Idaho. He is a United States Army Veteran and retired from Salmon School District 291, where he was the Central Service Supervisor. His interests include hunting, fishing, dancing, and has always loved good horses. Because he supports the teaching of work ethics with out youth, he joined the Youth Employment board in Feb. 2013.
Steve Adams serves as secretary to the board. Adams, the founder and executive director of the Youth Employment Program, is an Environmental Health Specialist. He has a Bachelor of Science in Evironmental Health from Boise State University, and has worked for one of Idaho's Public Health Services for several years. third generation Idahoan
raised in Boise, Idaho. During his years at the University he was a crew leader in the Youth Conservation Corps program. It was this experience in the Y.C.C. together with his education, his love of the outdoors, and his concern as a parent, that showed him the need and the way to found the Youth Employment Program.
I am a Social Worker at Lemhi Valley Social Services, part time ranch hand, and partner at The HUB. I have been in Salmon since 2010. I moved here for the beauty of the valley and to be surrounded by mountains. I also like the small town feel. I have worked with kids at risk both professionally and voluntarily for most of my adult life. I love to mountain bike, ski, and snowboard. I basically love being in the mountains. I am excited to work with YEP and to be a part of growing future possibilities for our youth.
Kelly and his wife Cindy have lived in Salmon since 2006. He works as an emergency physician at the hospital in Salmon. His interests include hiking and packing in our local mountains, hunting, welding and
He joined the board of YEP because he feels it is important to provide young people the opportunityfor jobs which are productive and challenging.
Interested in serving on the Y.E.P board?
If so then please contact us to talk about how you can help build YEP today for a better tomorrow.
As a mountain bike guide of 12 years, I see potential for economic growth through recreation. In 2010, I moved to Lemhi County to help create a mountain bike community that will encourage locals to adopt healthy lifestyles and enjoy their backyard. This effort extends to visitors that are looking for new fronteers to explore. The trails that lead into the back country of the Salmon/ Challis National Forest are an untapped resource that will attract all trail enthusiast.
I was introduced to the Youth Employment program while I was clearing trails on my own time.One day I visited a trail crew on Stien Mountain. I was amazed on how hard these boys worked. For being in good shape, I had a hard time staying up with them. The Boys on this trail crew had learned the meaning of Hard Work, something that is lacking in today's world. The next year (2011) I had applied to the YEP as a Crew Boss. I quickly learned how important the YEP is important for the local communities. YEP is a corner stone for the development of young adults and the development of healthy communities. I am very grateful to work with the local youth.
Youth Employment Program
I have Lived in Salmon Idaho now for 8
years. Moved here for the recreational
opportunities, rugged mountains, and public
land access. I got involved with the
YEP by volountering with local trail crew
and providing bikes for the crewmembers to
test out the trail they had just
completed. Now I am working on trails, fence, thinning, welding, and fundraising projects with YEP most of the year. I am always impressed with the work ethic of our local youth and with the high quality of work they accomplish with just a little dirrection, instruction, and most importantaly opportunity. It's seeing kids able to realise their own potiental through this work opportunity that keeps me comming back!
Youth Employment Program.