Jason Schmidt

Jason Schmidt, a former Summer Youth Corps crew leader with Conservation Corps Minnesota (then MCC), is an Outward Bound instructor in the North Carolina Mountains. His Conservation Corps experience inspired him to continue living and working in the outdoors, says Schmidt, who joined Outward Bound four years ago.

As a teenager, Schmidt first heard about MCC through a recruitment ad in his local paper. “Even though it didn't sound like a lot of money, spending the summer outside sounded fun and has become a theme for me,” says Schmidt who, after serving MCC in the summer of 2000, went on to serve an AmeriCorps NCCC term in Charleston, S.C. He then served two years as a crew leader in the Southwest Conservation Corps in Tucson, Ariz.

Schmidt says he chose Outward Bound because of their commitment to service, “instilled in me from my powerful AmeriCorps experience, which I never would have heard of had I not spent a summer in St. Croix. …Let the crew leaders know that what they are doing is invaluable, to take pride in it … they are changing lives!”