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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. Since our creation in 1985, The Corps Network’s mission, as the national membership association of service and conservation Corps, has been to promote the growth, quality, and sustainability of Corps. The Corps Network's 150+ members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll over 30,000 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25.

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:42 PM

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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 | 4:50 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 | 7:50 PM

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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 | 4:35 PM

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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 | 9:26 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 | 3:23 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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Jobs, Careers, and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 9:00 AM

By Mary Ellen Ardouny, President and CEO, The Corps Network

Earlier this month eight federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Interior, the Department of Labor, and the Environmental Protection Agency, announced the formal creation of a National Council to coordinate the establishment of a 21st Century...

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