Join The Network
Why Should My Organization Join The Corps Network?
By joining The Corps Network, you can become actively engaged in a national movement advancing service and conservation corps as programs which improve communities and impact the lives of young people. We’ll help you develop quality programs, ensure your Corps’ sustainability, and help you grow to reach more people by
1. Being a powerful advocate on your behalf in Washington DC promoting legislation and seeking federal funding opportunities.
2. Providing you with access to project and funding opportunities.
3. Helping you develop new relationships and opportunities through our Network.
4. Providing you with access, information, and expertise on strong Corps operations and programming.
5. Helping your Corps to attract attention and resources by publicizing on a national level what your Corps accomplishes.
What Other Benefits are Included?
• Our Weekly E-Newsletter, The Crewleader
• Access to AmeriCorps Education Awards
• Access to Health Insurance program for Corpsmembers
• Access to Members-Only resources on website
• Discounted registration to the annual National Conference
What are the Levels of Membership?
The Corps Network (TCN) offers 3 levels of Membership: Service and Conservation Corps, Affiliate Members, and Basic AmeriCorps Members.
Service and Conservation Corps (SCCs): any government agency or non-profit organization operating a Corps as defined by TCN. SCCs provide input into TCN’s policies, programs, and advocacy efforts and each have a vote in matters of association business. Representatives can hold elective office and serve on Board and Council-appointed committees. SCCs receive advanced technical assistance through training opportunities and webinars. They are eligible to apply for any TCN funded project.
Affiliate Members: any government agency or organization interested in promoting and assisting Corps, including those which operate similar programs or are starting a Corps. Representatives may serve on committees and can request basic technical assistance.
Basic AmeriCorps Members: a program, other than a Corps, which has AmeriCorps-funded participants, may become a Basic AmeriCorps Member for solely the benefit of participating in TCN’s Health Insurance program.
How Do I Know if My Organization Qualifies as a Corps?
The Corps Network defines a Corps as a comprehensive youth development and service program that engages young people in service to their community while improving their own lives. Corps are programs within government units or private not-for-profit organizations that have these common elements:
1. Engage Corpsmembers between the ages of 16 to 25.
2. Organize their Corpsmembers in crews or teams and assign a supervisor to serve as a mentor and role model.
3. Have a defined program model that provides growth opportunities to Corpsmembers through a combination of intentional development activities that include education/training, career readiness, and supportive services.
4. Have a defined period of full-time service for their Corpsmembers that is either paid or provides a stipend/living allowance and is tied to developmental goals.
5. Have a goal of providing service to the communities they serve as a central element of their missions.
Ok, So How Do We Join?
Please contact Carol Huls, Member Relations Manager at The Corps Network for an application form which will help you determine which category of membership is appropriate for your organization.