Teens in Aztec working on community projects

Posted at: 06/19/2013 6:19 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some teens in Aztec are working hard this summer, but not to save money for a car, or even college. They’re doing the work because it's important to the community.

Dana Standridge wants to be an art teacher one day.

So instead of working in a fast food joint this summer, she's painting murals.

"It makes me feel like I'm helping out more, not like a normal teenager like I'm not just eating ice cream," she said.

It's all a part of a national program called Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) a national program where young people work to conserve public lands.

The mural project is only one aspect of the YCC program. Not only do the teen hope to beautify they city, they also want to get people excited about what they're doing for the community."

They're also building fences and sidewalks around Riverside Park along with a dirt pit that will hopefully become basketball and volleyball courts.

Working on projects like these also gives the teens a sense of accomplishment.

"I think the program helps people who want to develop as characters an individuals, who can do projects like what we've got going on here it’s absolutely exceptional," said participant Ian Hensler.

Dana says this project allows her to leave a piece of her in the hometown that she loves.

"And when I come back and I can show my kids or my family and I helped with this I helped create this monument and hopefully it'll be here for years to come," she said.

This is the second mural the YCC project has done for the city of Aztec. The teens hope they can continue painting murals on the rest of the bridges in upcoming summer projects.