Youth Corps Act Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Greater Miami Service Corps and The Corps Network Meet with U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson

Greater Miami Service Corps along with Mary Ellen Ardouny and Tyler Wilson from the Corps Network were happy to be able to meet with U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson at her Miami District Office recently.

During the meeting Representative Wilson learned about the great work Corps are doing in Miami and nationwide to engage youth and how that can be replicated through The Youth Corps Act. We also learned of Rep. Wilson’s passion for youth development and the non-profit she started called the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.

2012 Election Features Highest Youth Voter Turnout to Date, Brings Other Good News

On Tuesday, young voters proved the predictions and pundits wrong. Instead of turning out to vote in record lows, exit polls indicate that “voters from ages 18 to 29 represented 19 percent of all those who voted on Tuesday,” constituting their greatest share of the electorate to date. In 2008, young voters represented 18 percent of those Americans who voted.

Peter Levine, director of Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), was quoted by Youth Today as saying, “This voting bloc can no longer be an afterthought to any political party or campaign.”

For The Corps Network and National Service supporters, the 2012 Election also brought additional good news. We congratulate Representative Martin Heinrich of New Mexico on becoming the first AmeriCorps Alum elected to the U.S. Senate. We also express our congratulations to Stefanie Mach, an alumna of Americorps NCCC, who was elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives.

Finally, we would like to congratulate U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) on his re-election and U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono (HI) on her election to the U.S. Senate. In this current Congressional session, Senator Sherrod introduced The Youth Corps Act in the Senate, while Senator-Elect Hirono did so in the House of Representatives. If passed, the legislation would open up an additional funding stream for Service and Conservation Corps through the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Youth Corps Act

Help Support the Youth Corps Act of 2011!

The number one goal of Service and Conservation Corps and The Corps Network is to see a dedicated funding stream established at the federal level to support Corps. With legislation pending in the House (H.R. 711), we’re closer to seeing that happen than at any other time in the past 25 years!

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has introduced The Youth Corps Act of 2011, a bill that would create a home for Corps within the Department of Labor. Specifically, this legislation will create a grant program within the Department of Labor to provide funding for youth Service and Conservation Corps to access in order to provide education and job training to at-risk youth across the nation. 

Download “The Youth Corps Act” one pager to share with your members of Congress.

An impressive list of cosponsors is critical to moving this legislation forward. Current cosponsors include:

H.R. 711:

Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] - 2/15/2011
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 10/3/2011
Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] - 3/14/2011
Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] - 10/5/2011
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 7/13/2011
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. "Gerry" [VA-11] - 7/6/2011
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] - 8/30/2011
Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] - 2/17/2011
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 6/22/2011
Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] - 2/16/2012
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 8/19/2011
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 2/16/2011
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 7/25/2011
Rep Hanabusa, Colleen W. [HI-1] - 7/8/2011
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 2/16/2011
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 9/23/2011
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 6/15/2011
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] - 3/8/2011
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] - 2/15/2011
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 10/3/2011
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 3/19/2012
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 9/23/2011
Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] - 6/13/2011
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 6/15/2011
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 9/13/2011

The Youth Corps Act of 2011 is a win-win-win youth workforce building solution.