Video: Chapter 113 - short film documents Maryland CCC Alumni

At our 2013 National Conference last month we were lucky to be joined by members of CCC Legacy Chapter 113 for our plenary session on the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. We were also lucky to be joined by filmmakers Lance and Brandon Kramer, founders of the DC-based Meridian Hill Pictures production company, who shared their short documentary about the efforts of the Chapter 113 boys to establish a Maryland CCC memorial.

Click here to watch the film and celebrate the 80th anniversary of the CCC!
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Video: Meet the 2013 Corpsmembers of the Year

[Video] Fresno Local Conservation Corps Re-Entry Program Highlighted by Local News

Earlier this week several staff members from the Fresno Local Conservation Corps joined KSEE24 local news to talk about their re-entry program for formerly incarcerated youth. The program, much like The Corps Network's Civic Justice Corps Initiative aims to help youth who have been involved in the justice system to unlock their full potential and successfully become productive citizens in their communities.


Diversity: California Conservation Corps members discuss the need to see more people of color experiencing nature

Terry Johnson and Leonard Patton, two Corpsmembers from the California Conservation Corps, sit down with John Griffith of Totem Magic: Going MAD to discuss Outdoor Afro - an organization that focuses on getting people of color more involved in outdoor recreation and conservation. Both Corpsmembers talk about the habitat restoration projects they've been involved with, and talk about how much they've learned about nature since joining the Corps. Leonard talks about how his experience with California Conservation Corps has introduced him to many new species and has allowed him to see a kind of untamed nature he never knew existed.

Click the image above or click here to watch the video of the interivew.

New Video from Jobs for the Future - "Back on Track Through College: Voices from the Field"


Watch Jobs for the Future's new video -- Back on Track Through College: Voices from the Field. This video showcases three years of work with national network partners -- YouthBuild USA, The National Youth Employment Coalition, and The Corps Network -- to build a new education pathway across our nation to reengage disconnected youth and young adults (ages 16-24) and put them on a path to postsecondary success.  

The video showcases JFF's Back on Track to College model, outlines the components of its design and provides testimony on its impact.  Early data results from the networks show high percentages of formerly disconnected youth gaining secondary credentials, entering postsecondary education and persisting through the first year of college.  JFF wishes to acknowledge the funders of this effort: Open Society Foundations; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; New Profit, Inc.; the Nellie Mae Education Foundation; and our evaluators, The Center for Children Youth and Communities at Brandeis University. 



Watch Video about the Mission and Projects of KUPU and the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps

From the KUPU website and YouTube page.

The kupukupu fern is one of the first plants to bring life back to areas devastated by lava flows. In Hawaiian, the word kupu means “to sprout, grow, germinate or increase.” This makes KUPU a fitting name for Hawaii’s leading Youth Conservation Corps.

Watch this video to learn more about KUPU’s mission “to bring life back to the people, the land, and the ocean,” and learn about their plans to turn a property once used by the fishing industry into a new center where KUPU members can meet. Hear from KUPU members and alumni, and see some of the beautiful landscapes this organization works to protect.

Our Google Hangout with the Student Conservation Association and the Peace Corps was a Success!

Yesterday we were thrilled to participate in our first Google Hangout with our partners at SCA and the Peace Corps.

If you weren't able to join us live, you are in luck! You can watch the recorded program via Youtube.

Mary Ellen Ardouny, our Interim CEO, joined Bob Coates, Senior Vice President for Programs at SCA, and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Acting Director for the Peace Corps,  along with several other guests to discuss service opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad. It's highly recommended to watch the segments toward the end with Kaylee Poleschook of Mile High Youth Corps and Louise Liller, an alumnae of many Corps programs and SCA. They are also both Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and speak eloquently about service and the role it can play in your life.

Among many memorable things said, Louise Liller said that "I can trace back almost every major career move that I've made in my life, I can trace back to that one year that I spent working in an AmeriCorps program, and AmeriCorps program that's part of The Corps Network... It was an important step in my life and my future."

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps Helps Rescue Turtles [VIDEO]

Last Saturday Grand Traverse County's Brown Bridge Dam suffered a breach, and the lake behind the dam was effectively let loose. In addition to flooding many homes, the wildlife living in the lake lost their homes.

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has been working with several partners to help rescue and relocate turtles that were overwintering in the lake

See a local news report about the turtle rescue here: 9&10 News reports...

Hawaiian Airlines to Show KUPU's Capital Campaign Video on Flights

This week in their newsletter, KUPU (operators of the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps) announced some exciting news.

This December Hawaiian Airlines has agreed to start showing KUPU's Capital Campaign video on flights in and out of Hawaii. The video aims to raise money for renovating KUPU's Net Shed Facility into a green jobs training center. Congratulations to KUPU!