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The Corps Network provides critical leadership to the Corps movement and to our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps as they harness the power of youth and young adults to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges and transform their own lives.

Corps are comprehensive youth development programs that provide their participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that improves communities and the environment.

The Corps Network's 100+ members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll approximately 26,000 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25. Learn more at

Entries by The Corps Network

Invest in Our Nation's Future: Support the Summer Opportunity Project

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:16 AM

AmeriCorps members with Green City Force tend to an urban farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Mary Ellen Sprenkel
CEO of The Corps Network

Summer is a critical time for teens and young adults to learn and grow. Experiences outside...

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City of Trees: an urgent story about reentry and environmental justice

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:59 PM

Pictured above: Charles Holcomb

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel
CEO, The Corps Network

With estimates citing that over a third of Americans have experienced some kind of encounter with the criminal justice system, the need for serious criminal...

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Engaging Our Youth: Taking Climate Action to the Streets

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 10:38 AM

With scientists warning that time is short to curb greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to slow climate change, it's urgent that we engage our youth in creating a clean-energy future for themselves, their children and grandchildren. Most importantly, the next generation needs to participate in ensuring a clean energy future for...

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One of America's Most Important Conservation Funding Sources Expires Next Week: What Should This Mean to You?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:56 AM

Next week, one of our country's most important sources of conservation funding is set to expire. Established by a bipartisan act of Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) uses proceeds from offshore drilling of oil and gas resources to finance expanding and protecting our parks, forests...

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An Elk Promotes Funding for National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:56 PM

This summer, The Corps Network introduced Eli the Elk, a new character who has been traveling the Internet and visiting Corps across the country in support of funding that helps maintain and enhance some of our nation's most valued parks, green spaces, forests and waters.

With the help of over...

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Outdoors for All

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Eli the Elk with Montana Conservation Corps in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

On September 30th, just 61 days from now, one of the most important funding streams supporting the conservation of our public lands and waters is set...

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Building a Pathway for Aquatic Restoration Careers through Waders in the Water

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 6:36 PM

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO of The Corps Network

Dating back to the Great Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, one of the great aspects of the Conservation Corps model is its ability to help young people develop work skills through tangible projects and with the guidance of mentors. Working...

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#GOserve and #getoutdoors This June

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 11:50 AM

2015-05-21-1432223058-5457175-Group6.JPG Corpsmembers and volunteers at the 2014 Great Outdoors Day of Service in the Nation's Capital.

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO of The Corps Network

June is Great Outdoors Month: a celebration of our parks and...

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Find Your Park and Protect it

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 12:25 PM

Corpsmembers with Mile High Youth Corps of Colorado

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network

April is a big month for Corps and The Corps Network! For starters, April is when we celebrate both Earth...

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Read the 5 Success Stories of the 2015 Service and Conservation Corpsmembers of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Each year, The Corps Network honors several individuals as Corpsmembers of the Year. These young people have joined Service and Conservation Corps, and through their experiences have made a difference in their communities, while tackling some of America's greatest challenges and improving their own lives.

This coming February they will...

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New Study Demonstrates How Providing Jobs to Young People Reduces Crime and Provides Tremendous Return on Investment

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:26 PM

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network

Yesterday I was excited, but not entirely surprised, to read about a new study published in the journal Science about how a cohort of Chicago teenagers were affected by access to summer employment. The conclusion of the...

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National Service and My Brother's Keeper

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:32 PM

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network

This post was originally published on The Corps Network's website.

Recently released reports prove what many minority families have known for years: a school-to-prison pipeline exists for children of color. Statistics show that black and Latino...

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Being Good Environmental Stewards, No Matter Where We Live

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 11:29 AM


Davon Baynes, a Corpsmember with Civic Works Real Food Farm in Baltimore, MD - recently travelled to the Boulder White Cloud Mountains in Idaho. Watch a video from Davon's trip here.

By Davon Baynes, Civic Works

Every day, I help...

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The Antiquities Act and the San Gabriel Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 10:52 AM

What would it be like if Chimney Rock in Colorado, the ancestral home of the Pueblo People, was open to modern development? What if the Giant Sequoias of Northern California had no protection from lumber companies or wood poachers? What if Fossil Butte in Wyoming, one of the best paleontological...

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In a Tough Economy, Corps Provide Crucial Work Experience for Young Adults

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 3:42 PM


By Hannah Traverse, The Corps Network

After dropping out of high school his junior year, Luis Gaeta of Fresno, California quickly realized that the working world can be a harsh place for a young person without marketable skills...

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Who's Looking Out for Youth? Unemployment Still at Crisis Levels

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 3:50 PM

By Mary Ellen Ardouny - President & CEO, The Corps Network

August marks the peak of summer when millions of youth should be working or getting ready to go back to school. It's also the month when the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its yearly "Employment...

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How Farms and Gardens Can Cultivate Youth and Communities

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:50 PM

SEEDS farm, Traverse City, Michigan

By Hannah Traverse, The Corps Network

An average week for a corpsmember at Conservation Corps North Bay in Marin County, California usually involves attending college classes. It also might involve planting rows of crops, tending...

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Green Corps: Documentary Film Examines Overlap Between Conservation Efforts and the Effects of the Recession

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:35 PM


When they set out to create Meridian Hill Pictures (MHP) in 2010, brothers Lance and Brandon Kramer did not envision a big, Hollywood-style production company. As documentarians, they wanted to make films about real people and real issues. They were especially...

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Star of Viral Dance Video Also Author of Environmental Fantasy Book for Urban Youth

(4) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 8:26 PM

By Hannah Traverse
The Corps Network

Earlier this week, a video of California Conservation Corps staff member John Griffith dancing with several of his Corpsmembers became an Internet sensation. When not dancing, John leads Corpsmembers and pursues his passion for helping young people make meaningful...

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Where They Are Now: Charting the Careers of 6 Service and Conservation Corps Alumni

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 2:23 PM

By Hannah Traverse, Communications Assistant, The Corps Network

Corps help young people gain the skills they need to become productive, successful adults. No two Corps programs are exactly alike, but all of them provide Corpsmembers with hands-on work experience. Depending on the Corps they join, a young man or woman...

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