Sequestration Will Cut Job Training Slots for Youth in America’s Service and Conservation Corps by 25%

A new study conducted by The Corps Network, the national association of America’s Service and Conservation Corps, indicates that sequestration will have a severe impact upon its members and reduce the amount of young people to whom they can offer job training, educational development, and leadership skills.

WASHINGTON — As a result of the recent indiscriminate and across-the-board budget cuts to federal spending, known as “sequestration,” Service and Conservation Corps across the nation are faced with reductions in funding from a variety of sources, including project-based funding. As a result, Corps have diminished capacity to manage their operations and serve our nation’s youth and veterans.

In order to better understand this reduced capacity to serve youth and complete important service and conservation projects, The Corps Network provided its members with a survey on the impacts of sequestration. The survey was designed to identify the key areas affecting each Corps’ ability to operate and fulfill their multi-faceted missions. Sequestration’s impact is wide throughout The Corps Network with 88 percent of respondents indicating they have been, or will be, negatively impacted. More specifically, the study indicated that the following impacts will result from sequestration:

• a 25 percent reduction in Corpsmembers enrolled, or 3,682 fewer Corpsmembers nationwide

• a 22 percent reduction nationwide in paid projects with partners for Corps

• 21 percent fewer Corpsmembers, or nearly 5,000 youth, not receiving support services like counseling, training, and transportation

• 20 percent of Service and Conservation Corps staff will be laid off or have reduced hours

• Corps will reduce their purchasing of supplies and materials by 18 percent

“This year, we have seen a huge impact across The Corps Network as a result of sequestration, and the coming years will only be worse. Our Corps are doing work that matters in hundreds of communities and public lands around the country while helping youth and veterans receive important work, education, and leadership skills. Sequestration has caused some of these critical programs to down-size or even close. Sequestration must be addressed or we risk an entire generation of skilled workers and environmental stewards,” said Mary Ellen Ardouny, President and CEO, of The Corps Network.

The full report about the impacts of sequestration upon America’s Service and Conservation Corps can be downloaded here.

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 127 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in every state and the District of Columbia, Corps enroll more than 27,000 young men and women in service every year. Since its creation in 1985, The Corps Network has provided national leadership and promoted the growth and quality of its member Corps as they provide education, workforce development, and an ethic of stewardship to diverse youth who address important community and conservation needs. Corps mobilize an additional 289,000 community volunteers who work alongside Corpsmembers to annually generate 638,684 additional hours of service, at an estimated value of $14,140,463. 

Media Contact:

Levi Novey
The Corps Network
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