Southeast Conservation Corps

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), formerly known as Southeast Youth Corps, operates conservation service programs throughout the Southeast that focus on empowering young people to cultivate compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. 

Building upon the foundation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SECC is focused on connecting local youth to the natural environment through service learning, personal development and recreation. SECC offers a variety of opportunities, including both a youth mountain biking program, Trips for Kids--Chattanooga, and a variety of Conservation Programs for youth and young adults.

The SECC office is located in Chattanooga, TN, nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains. This ideal location allows the Southeast Conservation Corps to engage a diverse population of young adults in broad range of conservation service projects and recreation opportunities within some of the oldest and most biologically diverse forests in the eastern United States.

Trail Work


  • 83% of all parents surveyed said SECC’s YCC program improved their child’s leadership skills, and improved the overall health of their child.
  • 100% of the members from the 2013 YCC program stated that they learned technical skills associated with trail maintenance.
  • 100% of the members from the 2013 YCC program stated that they improved communication skills and/or community living skills.


“It would be wrong to guess that there would not be challenges ahead, but it is how face them that is the real test. We can meet the challenges and fall apart, or we can overcome them, but we really can’t walk away.”
2013 YCC Corps Member