About Us

Corps are comprehensive youth development programs that provide their participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that improves communities and the environment. They are a direct descendant of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, which mobilized about three million young men who dramatically improved the nation's public lands while receiving food, shelter, education, and a precious $30-a-month stipend.

Our Mission: The Corps Network provides critical leadership to the Corps movement and to our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps as they harness the power of youth and young adults to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges and transform their own lives.

The Corps Network's 100+ members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll approximately 23,000 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25.

Corps provide a wealth of conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human service projects identified by communities as important. More specifically, some Corps improve and preserve our public lands and national parks. Others provide critical energy conservation services, including weatherization. Some Corps restore natural habitats and create urban parks and gardens. Still others provide disaster preparation and recovery to under-resourced communities. Corps also raise the quality of life in low-income communities by renovating deteriorating housing and providing support to in-school and after school education programs.

Service and Conservation Corps address some of America’s greatest challenges by:

• Protecting and developing two of our nation’s most precious resources – our youth and our great outdoors
• Reengaging thousands of disconnected and at-risk youth each year;
• Helping to develop the next generation of diverse, educated, and skilled American workers, community leaders and resource stewards;
• Conserving and caring for our public and tribal lands, waters, natural and cultural resources in a cost-effective manner;
• Providing natural disaster response; and
• Assisting with implementing energy efficiency to conserve resources.  

Service and Conservation Corps help young people and other populations in transition, including returning veterans, transform their lives by:

• Providing access to a range of educational services, from developmental education to postsecondary education to industry-recognized credentials;
• Providing them with workforce development and paid service opportunities that build soft and hard skills that prepare them for sustainable jobs and successful careers; and
• Instilling in them an ethic of leadership, community service and resource stewardship.

The Corps Network provides leadership to the Corps movement and the membership by:

• Advocating for the interests of Corps and Corpsmembers in Congress and the Administration;
• Identifying and securing funding opportunities to grow and strengthen programs;
• Facilitating national projects that encourage innovation and develop new strategies in the areas of youth development and resource conservation;
• Setting standards of excellence for the field;
• Compiling data and research;
• Identifying and disseminating best practices to promote the continuous improvement of the membership;
• Providing training and technical assistance; and
• Creating and facilitating access to a national network of experience and expertise.