Corps Values - Passing the Torch to a New Generation of Preservationists
Preservation - Summer 2014
Featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this article profiles several of the first HOPE Crew (Hands On Preservation Experience) projects and describes other ways that member programs of The Corps Network engage young adults in rehabilitating historically and culturally significant places. Read about how Citizen's Conservation Corps of West Virginia repaired a stable in the Shenandoah mountains that was originally constructed by the CCC; find out how Corpsmembers with Texas Conservation Corps helped preserve some of the oldest structures in the American West at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park; and discover how Corpsmembers with Civic Works in Baltimore, MD are restoring Clifton Mansion, the onetime home of philanthropist Johns Hopkins.
Join The Crew: Inspirational Stories of Young Adults in America's Service and Conservation Corps
In Join the Crew – a new book by The Corps Network – you can read about over 60 current and former Corpsmembers who experienced adventure and personal growth through their service in Corps programs.
Join the Crew is the perfect tool for people who are interested in enrolling in a Corps and want to get a better idea of what service in a Corps program is all about. The chapters inJoin the Crew showcase stories of young people from all walks of life who joined Corps to build their resumes; make a fresh start; try something new (like wielding a chainsaw!); help support their families; or re-adjust to society after serving time. A special chapter written by Corpsmembers themselves adds additional insight into how transformational and influential Corps experiences can be.
Corps: Jobs Today, A Lifetime of Employment Tomorrow
For the young people who currently make up one-third of the jobless in America, Corps can, first of all, provide jobs-and, furthermore, the abilities that are firm foundations for lifetimes of employment. Service and Conservation Corps use a "work-first" model that provides paid work experience through service to almost 30,000 young people annually. These programs offer both a short term answer to extraordinarily high levels of youth unemployment and a long term solution to ensure that every American has the tools needed to succeed in the workplace. In addition, while Corps build work-ready young people across demographics, they have proven to be particularly effective in helping disconnected young men and women-who presently have extraordinarily high levels of unemployment-make the transition to employment and education.
Civic Justice Corps: Transforming Reentry Through Service
CJC addresses a major challenge facing our nation: far too many incarcerated and court-involved youthfail to transition to productive adulthood. Through CJC, Service and Conservation Corps successfully engagethese young people in serving their communities, gaining academic credentials, developing skills for work and life, and securing sustainable jobs. CJC has demonstrated its ability to reduce recidivism, address essential community needs, and prepare young people to become productive, tax-paying citizens who serve as role models for others. Now it needs to be taken to scale.
Service and Conservation Corps and America's Public Lands
Our public lands, America's great natural heritage, including our parks, forests, refuges, and coastlines, face three major immediate and critical needs:
-- A multi-billion dollar backlog of maintenance work. $9 billion in jobs wait to be done in the National Parks alone.
-- Replacements for the upcoming wave of retirements within the public lands agencies--for example, by 2012 a full38 percent ofthe Department of the Interior's workforce will be eligible for retirement.
-- The pressing need to create a more diverse public lands management workforce in this new generation.
...The answer lies in using service as a strategy. America's Service and Conservation Corps have proven their effectiveness, both in getting the job done and in delivering land management professionals to the public lands system. An expanded Public Lands Service Corps, where young men and women serve to improve America's parks, forests, coastlines, and wild places, would help to diminish the backlog today-and build a diverse workforce for tomorrow.
The Clean Energy Service Corps
In the past few years, America has experienced tremendous excitement about the potential of the green economy and its ability to provide avenues to success through employment and careers for low-income young people. America's Service and Conservation Corps know this promise can be realized-because they have engaged disconnected youth in service to community and the environment for decades. With new opportunities, as America faces the imperative to reduce energy use and costs, Corps are an experienced and proven model for green pathways to prosperity. This paper describes workforce needs in the green economy, and how Corps provide a solution that creates a viable green workforce while delivering equity and opportunity for all.
Conservation Corps and Transportation: Making the Connection
Our purpose in this guide is to help more organizations, including Service and Conservation Corps, access this important source of funding for stewardship of our public lands and resources. We also want to acquaint Federal and State land managers with the benefits of employing Corpsmembers on a variety of projects. Finally, our goal is to help State resources and transportation agencies encourage the use of Corps in their funding programs.
Corps Fact Sheet
A one page sheet (front and back) that explains what service and conservation corps are, what The Corps Network is, and provides a number of fun facts about the impact of youth service and conservation corps in America.
Green Career Pathways
The paper offers specific guidance on how to develop intensive and well aligned on-ramp programs that enable older youth to access and succeed in education and training for green careers, particularly in conjunction with industries with immediate labor market needs, jobs that are considered ‘‘in demand.” Drawing on early results of programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored “Postsecondary Success Initiative,” the paper delineates and discusses a three-part “college connected” on-ramp design that can dramatically improve the odds for disconnected youth to enter and succeed in postsecondary courses of study required by most green careers.
The UCC Inclusion Toolkit, comprised of this guidebook and a forthcoming DVD, will enable service and conservation corps to become proactive, rather than reactive, about the inclusion of Corpsmembers with disabilities, including individuals with vision, hearing, cognitive, and mobility disabilities. Through education and dissemination of the toolkit, we hope to shift the paradigm and create a new corps culture that is inclusive of Corpsmembers of all abilities. Most AmeriCorps and Conservation Corps programs understand the importance of inclusion, but just don’t know where to begin. This toolkit will provide corps with a step-by-step guide to becoming an inclusive program, including information on program models, sample curriculum, and adaptive equipment.
Civic Justice Corps Toolkit
Organizations starting CJC programs should not have to reinvent the wheel. We aimed to create a user-friendly Toolkit with materials that organizations could consult and build from as they develop CJC, with additional practices and sample documents available on The Corps Network’s website.
The Corps Network Documentary
A short documentary (that can be viewed on YouTube) that gives an overview of Service and Conservation Corps.
2012 National Conference Program
The program from The Corps Network's 2012 National Conference. Includes the conference agenda, descriptions of workshops, biographies for speakers and award winners, etc. Conference Theme / tagline: "Demonstrating Collective Impact"
2011 National Conference Program
The prorgram from The Corps Network's 2011 National Conference. Includes the conference agenda, descriptions of workshops, biographies for speakers and award winners, etc. Conference theme / tagline: "Focus on Impact"
2010 National Conference Program
The program from The Corps Network's 2010 National Conference. Includes the conference agenda, descriptions of workshops, biographies for speakers and award winners, etc.
Conference theme / tagline: "Quality. Sustainability. Innovation. Growth"
2009 National Conference Program
The program from The Corps Network's 2009 National Conference. Includes the conference agenda, descriptions of workshops, biographies for speakers and award winners, etc.
2008 National Conferene Program
The program from The Corps Network's 2008 National Conference. Includes the conference agenda, descriptions of workshops, biographies for speakers and award winners, etc.
Conference theme / tagline: "Sustain and Grow the Corps Movement"