Films about Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders


Civic Works Corpsmembers featured in Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds

Join The Corps Network at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a film screening and discussion about getting youth outdoors


When: Friday, November 14, 2014
            2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)

  RSVP required!
  Please respond to Tess Richey (trichey@corpsnetwork.org) by 12:00 p.m. (EST)
  on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  Include your full name, title, and email address.  

Where: Jefferson Auditorium
             U.S. Department of Agriculture 
             1400 Independence Avenue, SW
             Washington, DC

Materials: 

Event details: 
The Corps Network is hosting a film screening and discussion focused on engaging youth in conservation and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders. In addition to premiering our new documentary short, Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds, the event will feature speakers from numerous federal agencies, as well as 4 short films from friends and partners of The Corps Network. 

Speakers:

  • Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Carl Rountree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation Systems and Community Partnerships, U.S. Department of Interior
  • U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ)
  • Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network
  • Laura Herrin, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Region, Student Conservation Association
  • Davon Baynes, Real Food Farm Corpsmember, Civic Works

 

Film Lineup:

  • Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds - *PREMIERE* - The Corps Network

Description:  Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds follows eight young adults from Civic Works, a youth Service and Conservation Corps based in Baltimore, MD, as they camp and hike in the wilderness of the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains, a proposed national monument. The film focuses on the parallels between the urban environment in Baltimore and the wilderness of a place like the Boulder-White Clouds, emphasizing the value of preserving the environmental health of both settings. By exploring the pristine public lands of Idaho, the Corpsmembers, who in Baltimore grow healthy food on an urban farm and retrofit low-income homes to improve energy efficiency, gain a new perspective on the importance of conservation.
- Learn more about the video


 

  • The Colorado River: Our River, Our Story, Our Time - Nuestro Rio

Description: In the Summer of 2013, Latino youth from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico joined Nuestro Rio Youth Leadership Program for an educational trip down the Colorado River. The trip participants learned about the river and its tributaries, history and importance. 
- Watch the video


 

Description: The American population is increasingly diverse, but the conservation movement remains largely white. Through Legacy Camp, the Children and Nature Network teaches “natural leaders” – diverse millennials who have demonstrated leadership in engaging their communities in the outdoors – skills and techniques to enhance their engagement efforts. The Legacy Camp trains the next, more diverse generation of conservation leaders how to effectively build capacity for, and interest in, outdoor activities in minority communities in a way that is meaningful and lasting.  
- Watch the video


 

  • NPS Academy in the Great Smoky Mountains - SCA

Description: Operated through a partnership between the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the National Park Service, NPS Academy offers paid internships in a national park to undergraduate and graduate students of color from across the country. The Academy is designed to build a skilled, motivated, and ethnically diverse 21st Century Workforce for America’s national parks.  
- Watch the video


 

Description: In celebration of National Public Lands Day 2014 and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Southern California Mountains Foundation brought three busloads of children and families from the Inland Empire region of California, plus youth from Urban Conservation Corps, to experience the San Gorgonio wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest. For many celebration participants, this was their first time exploring a wilderness area. 
- Watch the video

Photos of the Month: October 2014

Keep updating those Facebook photos! We'll collect some of our favorite photos posted on Corps Facebook pages within the past month and post them on this blog. Here are some of our favorites from October 2014.

 


Canyon Country Youth Corps - check out more awesome CCYC photos from October on flickr



Arizona Conservation Corps 

 


Texas Conservation Corps - "watch out for trail zombies!"

 


Green City Force 



Los Angeles Conservation Corps 



SCA 



RMYC - Colorado 



RMYC - Colorado 



Greening Youth Foundation 



Kupu 



Utah Conservation Corps 



Mile High Youth Corps 



Maine Conservation Corps 



RMYC - New Mexico 



Heart of Oregon Corps 



Larimer County Conservation Corps 



WisCorps

 

 

 

The Corps Network Thanks President Obama for Designation of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument


 

(Read our op-ed in response to the San Gabriel Mountains national monument designation).

Today, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate 346,177 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains in California a national monument. This will give protection to the only large-scale open space accessible to millions of residents of Los Angeles County. As stated in a White House press release:

The peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains frame the Los Angeles skyline and offer hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain biking, motorized, and equestrian trails as well as campgrounds to the area’s diverse residents. In addition to providing drinking water, the San Gabriels' rivers support rare populations of native fish, while the vegetation found in the monument supports native wildlife and insect species, including pollinators important to farmers. The area is also rich in cultural and scientific history. More than 600 archeologically and culturally significant sites are found within the new monument, such as the Aliso-Arrastre Special Interest Area, which features rock art and cupules that exemplify more than 8,000 years of Native American history. The new monument is also home to the Mt. Wilson Observatory, where Edwin Hubble discovered galaxies beyond the Milky Way and Albert Michelson provided the first modern measurement of the speed of light.

The Corps Network and fourteen of its member organizations have issued a thank you letter to President Obama. A PDF of the letter can be accessed by clicking here, and the full text is published below. 

Full Text of The Corps Network's Letter to President Obama:

 

October 10, 2014

The President
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of Service and Conservation Corps across the country, we write to thank you for your recent action to protect the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.

Although the nation’s 100+ Service and Conservation Corps are diverse in mission and membership, we all strive to improve quality of life for our participants and in our communities.  From building trails and campgrounds on our nation’s iconic public lands, to creating and caring for urban parks and gardens, to improving the energy efficiency of low-income housing, to helping communities prepare for and recover from disasters, Corps provide communities with valuable services and participants with the job training, academic programming, leadership skills and more, to improve lives and the environment.

It is this dedication to the betterment of future generations that leads us to strongly support your recent action to create the San Gabriel National Monument.  Protecting these pristine public lands will help to secure recreational opportunities for local communities and encourage more Americans to spend time in the great outdoors.  This will help boost local economies, support public health, and inspire future generations to embody the conservation ethic we all hold dear.

We also want to thank and recognize Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell for her tireless leadership on behalf of Service and Conservation Corps.  Her support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps has been extraordinary, and her recognition of the importance that land conservation policies play in furthering the missions of Conservation Corps everywhere is integral to our future success.

Thank you again for acting to protect the San Gabriel Mountains, and we look forward to seeing other special landscapes protected in the future.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Sprenkel
President and CEO
The Corps Network

And the undersigned Corps:

 

San Gabriel Valley Conservation and Service Corps
El Monte, CA

Orange County Conservation Corps
Anaheim, CA

Farmworker Institute's Kern Service and Conservation Corps
Tehachapi, CA

Great Basin Institute / Nevada Conservation Corps
Reno, NV

Conservation Legacy
Durango, CO

Environmental Stewards
Durango, CO

Southwest Conservation Corps
Salida & Durango, CO and Acoma Pueblo, NM

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Taos, NM

Arizona Conservation Corps
Tucson & Flagstaff, AZ

Southeast Youth Corps
Chattanooga, TN

Wisconsin Conservation Corps
La Crosse, WI

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Richmond, VT

American YouthWorks
Austin, TX

Texas Conservation Corps
Austin, TX

 

 

 

National Council of Young Leaders shares their Recommendations on Capitol Hill


 

Washington, D.C. -- On Friday, October 3, 2014, the National Council of Young Leaders held a Congressional Briefing to share their Recommendations to Increase Opportunity and Decrease Poverty in America. The Council, comprised of 16 diverse opportunity youth from across the country, developed these six Recommendations in response to some of the most pervasive problems faced by low-income young Americans.

All of the 16 councilmembers contributed their different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to creating the Recommendations. Some of them spoke about their experiences and personal connections to specific Recommendations during the briefing.

 

Recommendation 1Expand effective comprehensive programs.

                Philan Tree (affiliated with The Corps Network - Flagstaff, AZ) spoke of how comprehensive programs, like Service and Conservation Corps or YouthBuild, provide the wraparound support many opportunity youth need in order to advance their careers and educational goals. Childcare and family responsibilities, transportation issues, the need to work and make money – these are all common barriers faced by low-income young people trying to access the educational or career opportunities that could help them get ahead. Comprehensive programs address these problems, making sure youth don’t have to sacrifice in order to go to school or learn new job skills.


Recommendation 2Expand national service.

                Deon Jones (affiliated with Be The Change - Washington, DC) spoke of how people in poor communities often feel like their situation is a problem that someone else can fix. They don’t feel like they have the power to be part of the solution. Deon talked about how expanding national service to engage more low-income individuals in programs like AmeriCorps or YouthBuild is a way to give people the empowerment to make a difference. When a generation of young people realize that, instead of being served, they can be the “architects” of making healthier, stronger, safer communities, there will be an overflow of prosperity into the generations to come.
 

Recommendation 3Expand private internships.

                Adam Strong (affiliated with YouthBuild USA - Hazard, KY) talked about how many American employers are looking for workers, but our young people don’t have the skills required to fill available positions. Expanding internships is an excellent way to address this issue because interning gives a young person exposure to the work world, hands-on experience, and the chance to develop hard and soft skills. Young people also find mentors through their internships, and build a network of professionals to help them find a job in the future. Comprehensive programs like Year Up provide intensive job skills training and access to corporate internships that give young people a solid footing in the work world.   
 

Recommendation 4Increase all forms of mentoring.

                Ramean Clowney (affiliated with Jobs for the Future - Philadelphia, PA) spoke about how mentors made, and continue to make, a huge difference in his life. Many opportunity youth who reconnect with education or work have a mentor to thank for encouraging them along the way. Anybody can be a mentor, regardless of his or age, and can help someone simply by answering questions, being a good listener, and showing that they believe in their mentee’s potential. Ramean talked about the benefit of having multiple mentors, including people who share your background and can relate to your issues, as well as people who can expose you to new opportunities and communities.
 

Recommendation 5Protect and expand pathways to higher education.

                Shawnice Jackson (affiliated with Public Allies - Baltimore, MD) talked about her own experience navigating the confusing world of college applications and financial aid without guidance or support from people who understood the processes. Shawnice spoke of how students need to be protected from predatory loans and should be equipped with the financial literacy to make good decisions about how to fund their education. She talked about the need for more affordable college options, as well as the need to help students realize their eligibility for certain resources and access financial aid.
 

Recommendation 6Reform the criminal justice system.

                Lashon Amado (affiliated with YouthBuild USA - Brockton, MA) talked about how America is quick to lock people up, but we forget that over 90 percent of prisoners are eventually reintroduced into society. Our system is flawed in that approximately 2/3 of former inmates recommit and once again find themselves behind bars. Lashon spoke of his own experience of “having society turn its back” on him once he had a record. We need to make sure that those who once committed a crime are not shutout from the community and forced back into the illegal activities that landed them in trouble in the first place.

                Ladine “JR” Daniels (affiliated with The Corps Network - Charleston, SC) also spoke from experience about how difficult it can be to reenter society after a period of incarceration. He talked about the need to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in order to protect young offenders. Ladine talked about how, like Lashon, finding a job was nearly impossible with his record, but, through national service, he was able to get back in the work world and develop a set of skills and credentials to build a career. Second chances for offenders are few and far between, meaning that those who find these opportunities will go into them with all the enthusiasm they can generate. People who might have made mistakes in the past have the potential to do great things and succeed if only given the chance. 

Where are they now? Updates from The 2014 Corpsmembers of the Year

 

Jon Brito 

Since the conference I have completed my fellowship with Hawaii Energy through a program of Kupu, called RISE. Through various technical retrofits and behavior changing programs, we helped save tens of thousands of kWh from Hawaii's electrical grid. This saved barrels of oil used and reduced CO2 emissions across the board.

I am still in school, still working towards my Electronic Computer Engineering degree on Maui through the University of Maui. I am also working on a GIS certification.

Something I have gained through my experience in the Corps is some amazing networking opportunities. Doing my GIS certification has led us to map out some of Maui's premiere environments and preserves. There is also this need to continue my work in conservation even though I currently am not directly employed.

I still continue to volunteer at the fishpond, and have cleared a whole shoreline of the invasive mangrove. Roughly 3 acres have been removed from the time I started at the fishpond. Currently I am still looking for more volunteer opportunities, but I am lucky because on Maui they are plentiful.


 

Edgar Galvez

Hi, everyone. This is Edgar Galvez - I attended The Corps Network 2014 conference as a Corpsmember of the Year. Let me tell you, that conference was amazing. I had a blast in DC, and getting to know the other Corpsmembers of the year. After the conference I came back home and started working for the union.  There have been so many projects that I’ve been working on, like schools, freeways, bridges. It's been incredible to see how things are built and destroyed.

I also go back to Fresno YouthBuild and talk to the new Corpsmembers that are coming in about my life, and how the Corps changed my life, and how it could happen to any of them if they truly believe in themselves.

The other wonderful thing that happened after the conference is that my wife just gave birth to my baby boy, Damian. It's truly a blessing.

What I gained from the conference is public speaking experience. That was my biggest fear or obstacle, but ever since I read my speech in front of all those people I believe in myself more. When it's time to speak in a group or conference, I think I can handle it now. 


 

Eliseo Nunez 

I woke up this morning and noticed my doormat was backwards. Instead of wondering what happened, right away my love for life made it clear.

“Welcome to planet earth, anything is possible!”

Since my trip to D.C. I’ve really been putting in the time and effort to make San Diego a better place. Clearly it has not only been an amazing opportunity for me to grow, but I feel that I have planted thousands of seeds. For starters, I am now a full time supervisor with San Diego Urban Corps. I find it hard to forget where it all began. My plan is to be the best supervisor I can be and to keep furthering my education. When it’s time to go, I’ll have such an amazing bag of tools I can use out there to keep making my city a beautiful place.

The San Diego Union Tribune has written two articles about me, the city council has awarded me with my own day in early March. Last night I just got a certificate of appreciation signed by an honorable judge here with the superior court. Everyone asks who, what, why?

Well, going back to my doormat. Nothing has changed, I welcome each day with open arms. I do my best to find the gain in the pain, the good in the bad, and the happy in the sad. Thank you guys for sharing these special moments with me and I pledge to continue to take it one day at a time!!!!!


 

Linda Santana

Since the conference, I’ve moved back to Los Angeles, CA. During the summer, most of my time was spent volunteering at a high school and doing things with my family. Most recently I got a job working for an afterschool program. I work with 2nd grade students, not only helping them with their homework but also providing them with other activities that will allow them to be successful.

As I reflect back on the past year and my term with RMYC, I can’t help but feel grateful for the experience the Corps provided me with. It inspired me, gave me confidence and provided me with personal growth. Although currently I’m not working in an outdoor/ conservation field, the skills I learned have helped me tremendously. My leadership skills have improved, I’m more assertive when it comes to getting things done but I’m also conscious of when I need to step back and allow others to do their job. I learned to have patience and let things go. Living in L.A. my personal as well as professional lifestyle are different but I still find time to go on occasional hikes and am trying my best to live a healthier and more fit lifestyle. 


 

 

Ruby Simonian

After my California Conservation Corps experience, I am now working for State parks in the beautiful redwoods of northern California. I will always take my corps experience with me in my future endeavors and will forever be grateful for my past excursions. I plan on continuing school and working towards my goal to become an ecopsychologist.

 

 


 

Candace Washington

Since the conference I have continued being actively engaged in public environmental events. Shortly after the conference I was invited to New York City for a fundraiser for Civicorps by Reeta, she is on the board of directors for Civicorps.  In May I was asked to be the emcee and say a speech to over two hundred people for Civicorps’ Gala. This was also an event to raise money for corpsmembers who graduated and went off to college.

I am still enrolled and attending community college where I am earning my credits needed to transfer. Currently I am working at the City of Oakland Environmental Services division; I received a one year extension. I was also offered a possible permanent position that pays twice as much as what I make now with the City of Oakland Public works call center. I have accepted the offer and I will start next year once I have a full two years of public experience.

Photos of the Month: September 2014

Keep updating those Facebook photos! We'll collect some of our favorite photos posted on Corps Facebook pages within the past month and post them on this blog. Here are some of our favorites from September 2014.

 


Arizona Conservation Corps



Heart of Oregon Corps



Limitless Vistas



Greater Miami Service Corps - packing meals for seniors



Urban Corps of San Diego - taking a stand against texting and driving



Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa



Earthcorps



Civic Works



Larimer County Conservation Corps



Rocky Mountain Youth Corps - CO



Washington Conservation Corps - responding to flood damage



Youth Conservation Corps - beach cleanup



Montana Conservation Corps

 

$3 million commitment to Serve a Year Campaign announced at Clinton Global Initiative

On September 22nd, at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual conference, President Bill Clinton announced a $3 million commitment to the Serve a Year Campaign. The campaign – which is led by ServiceNation and partners representing all of the country’s leading national service organizations, including The Corps Network – is focused on working with leaders in the entertainment industry to raise awareness about national service through incorporating programs like AmeriCorps into TV shows, movies and other pop culture outlets.
 



Press release from ServiceNation
September 22, 2014
Tim Smith, Director of Online Engagement, Service Nation

 

Chelsea Clinton, President Clinton, ServiceNation Announce Commitment to Reach Millions of Americans Through Serve A Year Campaign

Comcast and NBCUniversal, Airbnb, & Philanthropists Jonathan and Jeanne Lavine and Josh and Anita Bekenstein Commit Over $3 MM in support of campaign led by ServiceNation

New York, NY  – Today, at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual conference, President Bill Clinton announced a $3 million commitment to the Serve a Year Campaign. The Campaign, led by the grassroots advocacy organization ServiceNation, will work with leaders in the entertainment industry to popularize the idea of national service by integrating programs like AmeriCorps into television and movie scripts, as well as content created by cutting-edge online and social media artists.

“If more young people participated in full time service programs like AmeriCorps, it would have a transformative impact on our country,” said Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. “Through our work with the National Service Alliance, we seek to accomplish just that. We have proven time and again that we are stronger when we work together and by giving more Americans the opportunity to come together in service, we make our nation stronger."

Building on more than 20 years of support for national service, philanthropists Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine and Josh and Anita Bekenstein have each committed $1 million to this effort. Longtime supporters of Service Year organizations, they are excited about a new future for this movement.

“We strongly support the idea of a Service Year," said Jonathan Lavine. "We believe that ServiceNation’s cultural campaign will have a powerful impact on establishing a year of service as a common opportunity and expectation for a new generation that is ready serve.”

President Clinton also announced a number of ambitious goals and grants that will promote and strengthen national service programs. Those include:

Developing 30,000 new national service positions by 2017

Working with institutions of higher education and establishing a new “Employers of Service” program

New partnerships and commitments from major companies like Airbnb, Cisco, the Lumina Foundation, Comcast and NBCUniversal

The creation of the National Service Alliance – a group consisting of ServiceNation, Voices for National Service, National Conference on Citizenship, and The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute – that will be responsible for fulfilling the commitments.

"Enriching the neighborhoods we serve is at the core of Airbnb's mission, and we are thrilled to support national service and AmeriCorps members in their commitment to give back," said Joe Gebbia, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Airbnb. "Airbnb's partnership with the Clinton Foundation and ServiceNation will help provide new service corps members with a place to call home as they embark on their year of service to strengthen America's cities and communities."

“Our nation faces immense challenges, and we know that there is no better way to tackle them than by encouraging young people to dedicate a Service Year in their communities,” said Zach Maurin, Executive Director of ServiceNation. “We also know that the millennial generation wants to serve if they are given the right information and opportunities. With the support of partners like Airbnb and Comcast and NBCUniversal, we can effectively reach this generation and connect them to the opportunities they so desperately want.”

Airbnb, the global hospitality company, will support this initiative by donating accommodations and support for approximately 1,000 AmeriCorps members during their transition to new cities for their Service year. Comcast Corporation will commit $1 million in airtime to promote the Serve A Year Campaign.

“Comcast and NBCUniversal have been proud to support ServiceNation and the idea of a Service Year for many years,” said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment at Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. “As a company uniquely positioned to inform, empower and inspire, we are excited to leverage our assets to support this bold new plan through our many platforms. Together, we will reach a new generation ready to serve.”

California Conservation Corps responds to the King Fire


 

THE CCC DISPATCHES 16 CREWS TO KING FIRE

This is one of the largest contingents of California Conservation Corps crews on one fire.  Sixteen crews -- 214 corpsmembers -- are assisting the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire on the King Fire about 60 miles north of Sacramento.

The crews are providing both fire camp support and firefighting assistance on the wildfire.

An additional eight CCC crews are helping with logistical support at two other locations.

Since July 1, the CCC has devoted nearly 200,000 hours to fire response efforts.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin pays a visit to Civic Works


 

Press Release from the Office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

August 29, 2014
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524/Tim Zink 410-962-4436

Cardin Meets Students, Employers at Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers

“The green technology sector is one of the most overlooked growth areas of our economy. Opportunities are everywhere.”

BALTIMORE, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate committees on Finance and Environment and Public Works, today toured the educational facilities and met with current students and graduates of Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers. The center is helping to build an inclusive and equitable green economy by providing job training in brownfields remediation, home energy efficiency retrofitting and green space beautification, among other programs.

Senator Cardin participated in demonstrations of the hands-on training laboratory for energy retrofit installers, attended a career fair for recent graduates of Civic Works’ brownfields remediation training and participated in a roundtable discussion with graduates, staff and supporters of the program.    

“Green jobs are helping our communities and, at Civic Works, providing a fresh start for those willing to work for it. More than 400 people have graduated from these programs since 2003 and the program maintains an average job placement rate of 85 percent,” said Senator Cardin. “That’s incredibly successful, especially considering that 9 of 10 graduates had a history of involvement in the criminal justice system. What’s more, by gaining skills in brownfields remediation and improving residential energy efficiency, the types of jobs done by the program’s graduates enhance the environment for all Marylanders.”

The Baltimore Center for Green Careers has a unique model that combines workforce development, social enterprise and demand generation. It is one of Civic Works’ key program areas; others include community improvement, workforce development, and education.

Civic Works builds partnerships between AmeriCorps members and the community. AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor students, create community parks and gardens, help homeowners conserve energy, grow food for low-income residents, rehabilitate abandoned houses, involve families in Baltimore City schools, make homes safer for older adults, and recruit volunteers. Civic Works also trains Baltimore residents for employment in the healthcare and green job industries.

“The program’s success shows what the power of partnerships can do for our communities,” Senator Cardin said. “It also proves that we can build greener communities and strengthen our economy at the same time.”

Job Corps Celebrates 50th Anniversary

To learn more about the 50th Anniversary of Job Corps, check out the anniversary edition of their newsletter, the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Courier. 

On Wednesday, September 17th the USDA hosted a celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of Job Corps. In attendance were students and staff from Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers in North Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado and Oregon. Each Center had a table in the USDA’s Jamie L. Whitten building to showcase some of their tools, as well as the products of their work. The displays demonstrated the variety of career training programs Job Corps offers: Schenk Job Corps exhibited tools and safety equipment used in their wilderness firefighting program; Harpers Ferry Job Corps demonstrated the software used by students in their IT training program; and students from Colorado displayed food from their farm and culinary programs. The event featured speeches from Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service; Tina Terrell, Job Corps National Director; Butch Blazer, Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment; and Meryl Harrell, Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
 


Wooden coin engraved by Job Corps students

 


Job Corps 50th Anniversary poster designed by Tiffany Gottberg, a student at Timber Lake Job Corps in Oregon.

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