Partners of the Americas has been involved with several successful Youth Conservation Corps Programs throughout the hemisphere.
The Honduras Conservation Corps (HCC), a program of Partners of the Americas, worked through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The work of the HCC began in response to disasters in Honduras caused by the destructive Hurricane Mitch. Conservation Corps made an important contribution to the rebuilding of disaster areas in Honduras by providing trained volunteers to work on specific environmental projects, while at the same time enabling citizen volunteers to become environmental action leaders in their communities. The geographic focus of HCC was those regions most affected by Mitch including the upper watershed areas of the Ulua, Humuya, Choluteca, Chamelecon and Aguan rivers and in the buffer zones and nuclear zones of the Honduran national parks.
The Mexican Conservation Corps (MCC) served as a model for the organizational structure of the Honduran Conservation Corps, and the umbrella association of the Honduran Corps was based on the democratic principles practiced by the National Association of Mexican Conservation Corps. Additionally, the HCC benefited by the transfer of the technology and the capacity of the thriving Mexican program. MCC professionals provided technical assistance and training throughout the development and implementation of the HCC program, as well as having provided hands-on guidance to help organize Honduran volunteers.