Youth Program

Opening doors to independence & self-sufficiency for aspiring young adults

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Teach, Challenge, Inspire

The Rush Creek staff includes a group of high-potential young adults who work as full-time paid seasonal interns. They leave the city and their normal lives behind and come to live and work in the mountains. Not only do they learn a specific trade, they live in a supportive community and enjoy outdoor experiences that challenge, motivate and inspire them as they plan for a successful life ahead.


Our Youth Development Program is foundational to our business.  We actually acquired our sister property Evergreen Lodge after extensive efforts to determine the ideal business into which we could build a high-impact, fully integrated youth program.

Our program team includes numerous full-time staff who teach life skills and work one-on-one with our youth interns to help them both succeed during their time with us and plan next steps on their path to a self-sufficient, fulfilling life.


    Since launching the Youth Program, we have served more than 500 interns at Rush Creek Lodge and our sister property, Evergreen Lodge. Our interns have collectively earned over 3 million dollars and SAVED over half a million dollars during their time with us. These savings have provided important stability as interns transition to their next steps in life.

    This video offers heartfelt perspective from one of our graduates.


    We started our fully self-funded Youth Program over 20 years ago, and we are proud to be a pioneering social purpose enterprise with both a business and a social mission.

    Our work is more rewarding as a result of our Youth Program, and our guests can feel good knowing that, by staying with us, they are helping young people to gain experience and skills that they would not otherwise have access to and build momentum toward successful lives.


      As a result of our balanced priorities, Rush Creek joins the Evergreen Lodge as a certified B Corporation. B Corps are a new form of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps are designed for long term sustainability, putting the health of our communities, environment and staff on the same level as the health of the bottom line.

      We are proud to be among thousands of B Corporations globally who are using business as a force for good. You are welcome to read the Rush Creek's B Corporation profile here.


        We believe supportive employment helps young people build momentum in their lives and realize their fullest potential, and that the outdoors, and places like Yosemite in particular, should be accessible to everyone.

        Key elements of our program include full-time work & job skills training, life-changing outdoor recreation experiences, group & individualized social service support, living in a supportive community, and investor-funded matched savings grants. 

        HOW TO APPLY

        For those 18-24 years old interested in applying for an internship, you can start your application here. We accept applications year-round and hire on a rolling basis.