Parc Smith started with American YouthWorks (AYW) in 1995 as a teacher and crew leader working with at-risk youth in AYW's Environmental Corps (E-Corps) program and later filled roles as a program coordinator and then director of E-Corps.Currently, he serves on the senior management team as the CEO of AYW, an organization whose mission is to empower at-risk youth through education, service and green jobs training.
Parc has spent the last 17 years of his life helping underserved youth gain job skills and an education while they give back to their community through conservation projects on public lands.He grew the E-Corps program at AYW from a handful of individuals who picked up litter in Austin parks to roughly 60 members each year who perform professional level improvements to public lands all over the south. His creation of a sustainable business model that met multiple community needs, such as the lack of job training and education for at-risk youth and the lack of skilled workers available to complete conservation projects within tight budget constraints, is what brought the program national acclaim.
Parc's connections with the original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) run deep, from the stone on his family property that was harvested by the CCC and used to build the first school he attended in Dublin, Texas to his work with Texas Parks and Wildlife putting on CCC events.He used this CCC connection to forge a traditional stone masonry and historic restoration apprenticeship program, recently featured in a Historic Preservation Case Study by the Public Lands Service Coalition (PLSC), that brought old construction methods to young corps members who work under master stone masons restoring and repairing national treasures such as the National Park Service's Historic Monument, the San Antonio Missions, and the CCC structures in State parks across Texas.Parc's technical knowledge of trail building and habitat restoration earned E-Corps awards such as the Community Forestry Award of Merit from the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, a Water Quality Protection Groundwater Stewardship Award from the Barton/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the State Trail Worker of the Year at the American Trails National Trails Symposium and the National Recreation Trails Coalition Accessibility Enhancement Project of the Year.
In addition to his recent appointment to the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Advisory Committee, he serves on the PLSC Steering Committee, Federal Highways Recreation Trails Grant Review Committee for the State of Texas, Workforce Solutions Workforce Investment Boards Workforce Development Advisory Council and has served on the Corps Network Excellence in Corps Operations Review Committee.
Parc is a native Texan who grew up in Dublin and Stephenville, Texas, graduated from Texas Women's University in Denton and has called Austin home since 1995.In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and laughing with his wife and two boys.