As times and trends change as well as funding sources, sometimes programs do not continue, are reinvented, or become redundant with other programs. Some of the past programs we are proud of are listed below.
Clean Energy Service Corps - CESC (2010 - 2014)
With the April 2009 passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a grant program was created through the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund clean energy projects for Corps across country. Corpsmembers enrolled in Clean Energy crews weatherized and retrofitted homes for low-income families, conducted energy audits, and educated people about energy efficiency tactics and discounts. Some 98 percent of retrofitted homes saw a reduction in annual energy consumption, while CESC Corpsmembers became competitive jobseekers in the growing green energy industry through receiving credentials like the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Insulation/Air Sealing Technician certification. Clean Energy crews operated at Corps programs in cities such as New York, Baltimore, Charleston, New Orleans, Austin, and Bend, as well as smaller communities like Waukegan, Illinois, Norwich, New York, and Traverse City, Michigan.
Civic Justice Corps - CJC
Through Civic Justice Corps (CJC) programs, formerly incarcerated and court-involved youth reconnect with the community and find pathways to success through service. CJC Corpsmembers improve their communities by completing a range of service projects, including planting trees in bare urban landscapes, weatherizing the homes of their low-income neighbors, replacing sidewalks on dilapidated streets, and installing green roofs on city government buildings. CJC’s remarkable effectiveness is a tribute to these youth and the people who work with them. The Civic Justice Corps Initiative was supported by the Open Society Foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and The Corps Network. While The Corps Network is not currently operating a specific Civic Justice Corps program, although many Corps continue to recruit Corpsmembers from the justice system and offer program models with supports built in to effectively serve this population. Most recently, The Corps Network’s Postsecondary Education Success Initiative has made a concerted effort to enroll a percentage of participants who have been formerly incarcerated. The U.S. Department of Labor has also recently funded Civic Justice Corps programs.
Partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation (2010 - 2012)
Through a partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), youth corps worked with BOR staff on BOR lands to accomplish a variety of maintenance and conservation projects. Funded through American Recovery and Investment Act dollars (stimulus funding) 5 Corps across the nation participated in the program at locations including.
Partnership with Planters Peanuts (2011)
Working with the well-known peanut company Planters and landscape architect Ken Smith, in 2011 The Corps Network and its partners transformed neglected urban spaces in New Orleans, Washington D.C., and New York City into parks known as Planters Grove.
Inclusive Crew Project (2008)
Through a grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, the Inclusive Crew Project supported three demonstration programs designed to assure inclusion of young people with disabilities in crew-based service and service learning. Utah Conservation Corps, Wisconsin's Operation Fresh Start, and Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa all recruited inclusive crews. It should be noted that Corps included members with both physical and mental disabilities prior to this program and continue to successfully include members in crews today. In 2009, an Inclusion Toolkit was published for Corps who wished to learn more about how to serve this unique population.
Corps Respond (2007-2010)
The Corps Respond program trained Corpsmembers to be prepared and help their communities prepare and respond in times when disasters strike. While the Corps Respond program ended, Corps continue their disaster relief efforts today, working independently and also with the Corporation for National & Community Service's Disaster Services Unit. More information about the modern efforts of Corps to prepare and respond to disasters can be found here.
Welfare to Work (1999-2003)
Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, The Corps Network tasked 9 Corps to help disadvantaged youth whose families were on welfare to participate in enhanced Corps programs designed to connect them employment through a "work-first" strategy. Of 446 participants, 55% were eventually placed in jobs. 47% of participants remained in those jobs 6 months after completing the program. Learn more.