38 Youth Corps Programs Now Provisionally Accredited by Corps Center of Excellence

For Immediate Release                                                                                            
July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  38 Conservation Corps programs from across the nation are the first to have obtained provisional accreditation from the Corps Center of Excellence, an independent program of The Corps Network that is governed by an independent Advisory Committee made up of retired / former conservation corps leaders, retired/former federal land management agency staff, and other experts.

The Corps Center of Excellence is dedicated to the promotion of high quality programming and standards for Youth Corps across America. The Corps Center of Excellence (CCE) ensures that programs have the capacity to meet the desired outcomes for participants as well as meet the high quality and production requirements of resource management partners.

The provisional accreditation allows potential sponsors to have the confidence that the provisionally accredited organizations meet the standards recommended by the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Federal Advisory Committee. This accreditation will be good for at least one year, and may be extended as the Committee continues working toward a transition to a full accreditation process. Youth Corps can apply so that numerous programs within their operations receive the provisional accreditation.

The Corps programs that have who been provisionally accredited include

·         American YouthWorks
·         Anchorage Park Foundation  Youth Employment in Parks (YEP)
·         California Conservation Corps Program
·         California Conservation Corps Backcountry Program 
·         Civicorps
·         Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC) — CREC Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
·         Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC) — Northern Arizona Conservation Corps (NACC)
·         Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
·         Conservation Corps North Bay — Natural Resources Program
·         Conservation Corps of Long Beach
·         EarthCorps
·         Great Basin Institute – Nevada Conservation Corps
·         Great Basin Institute – Research Associate Program
·         Kupu (Hawaii Conservation Corps)
·         Larimer County Conservation Corps
·         Los Angeles Conservation Corps — Conservation Division
·         Mile High Youth Corps  Land Conservation
·         Montana Conservation Corps — Big Sky Watershed Corps
·         Montana Conservation Corps — Veterans Green Corps
·         Montana Conservation Corps  Youth Service Expeditions
·         Montana Conservation Corps — MCC Field Crew Program
·         Northwest Youth Corps — Leadership Development Program
·         Northwest Youth Corps — Out Door Oregon
·         Northwest Youth Corps  Spring, Summer, Fall Conservation Corps
           (Youth Corps Programs)
·         Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (NM)
·         Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (CO)
·         Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps
·         San Jose Conservation Corps
·         Southeast Alaska Guidance Association  Alaska Conservation Corps
·         Southwest Conservation Corps — Environmental Stewards (ES)
·         Southwest Conservation Corps — Conservation Corps
·         Urban Corps of San Diego County
·         Utah Conservation Corps
·         Student Conservation Association – Conservation Corps Program
·         Student Conservation Association – Community Program
·         Student Conservation Association – Intern Program
·         Student Conservation Association – Veterans Corps Program
·         Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
·         Western Colorado Conservation Corps

For more information about The Corps Center for Excellence and provisional accreditation, please visit www.21csc.org

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 annually 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 generate 638,684 additional hours of service every year, at an estimated value of $14,140,463. For more information, visit corpsnetwork.org or contact Levi Novey at lnovey@corpsnetwork.org or 202.737.6272.

Media Contact:

Levi Novey
The Corps Network
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Phone: 202.737.6272
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Email: lnovey@corpsnetwork.org