In addition to its primary function as a tourist Lodge, the Evergreen runs a Youth Employment Program in which 18-24 year-old young adults from primarily urban backgrounds join our staff for a program of career-oriented training and work experience in a healthy, supportive community, coupled with exposure to outdoor and recreational life experiences.
The Youth Employment Program consists of four core tenets:
1 Work: 16-weeks of employment at Evergreen Lodge (bordering Yosemite National Park) in one of the following jobs: kitchen utility, store clerk, housekeeper, busser, recreation assistant, or maintenance.
2. Community: Live and work in a remote location in a diverse community of hospitality professionals.
3. Outdoor Recreation: Weekly hikes and other outdoor adventures (camping, rafting, swimming, etc.)
4. Support: Individualized, one-on-one support including training on life skills, working towards a personal goal, and planning for life after the Evergreen. Mandatory savings program with minimum 50% of earnings put on savings.