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Publications about The Corps Network


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.


Resources on Corps & Service

Stanley McChrystal: Every American Should Serve for One Year
- Gen. Stanley McChrystal

TIME Magazine | June 20, 2017

Our Opportunity Nation: A Plan to Fulfill America's Dream as an Opportunity Nation
- Opportunity Nation

Opportunity Nation | September 10, 2016

You Don't Have to Wear a Military Uniform to Serve Your Country
- Gen. Stanley McChrystal

The Atlantic | July 20, 2016

Utilizing National Service as a 21st Century Workforce Strategy for Opportunity Youth
- Tracey Ross, Shirley Sagawa, Melissa Boteach

Center for American Progress | March 1, 2016

Expanding National Service to Address Long-Term Unemployment
- Harry Stein and Shirley Sagawa

Center for American Progress | January 14, 2016

Why We Need a 21st Century Conservation Corps
- Sen. Michael Bennet & John Bridgeland | January 11, 2016

Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service
- Gen. Stanley McChrystal | November 19, 2015

Moving America Forward: Innovators Lead the Way to Unlocking America's Potential
- America Forward

New Profit | October 15, 2015

AmeriCorps Alumni Outcomes
- Corporation for National and Community Service | October 2015

Expand Opportunities for Young Americans to Serve their Country
- Sen. John McCain & Gen. Stan McChrystal | August 10, 2015

Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment
- Corporation for National and Community Service | 2013

Publications by The Corps Network


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.  



'Join a Corps' Infographic

The main audience for this infographic is potential Corpsmembers. The document explains what a Corps is, what Corps do and the benefits of joining a Corps.


The Corps Network Basic Fact Sheet- 2017

This one page document (front and back) includes basic facts and background information about The Corps Network. It also includes demographic and project data from 2016.


The Corps Network Annual Report - 2016

The annual report and financials of The Corps Network FY16.


The Corps Network Annual Report - 2015

The annual report and financials of The Corps Network for FY14.


The Corps Network Annual Report - 2014

The annual report and financials of The Corps Network for FY14.

The Corps Network Annual Report - 2013

The annual report and financials of The Corps Network for FY13.



Veteran Service & Conservation Corps: Career Pathways Through Continued Service
(November 2017 version)

Numerous Conservation Corps operate programs that enroll recent veterans. Readjusting to civilian life can be difficult, but the Veteran Conservation Corps model eases this transition by providing veterans the chance to continue to engage in meaningful service while also learning new job skills. This document provides an outline of the Veteran Conservation Corps model, examples of Corps that offer veterans programs, and stories about veteran corps alumni.


Snapshot: Youth Corps and Workforce Partnerships

Developed through an interview process with local Workforce Development Boards and Corps, Snapshot identifies promising practices for how Corps, Workforce Development Boards and American Job Centers can serve more youth by leveraging funding, co-enrolling, and co-locating services. Snapshot is designed to help workforce systems and Corps see each other as assets in a shared mission to improve the nation’s workforce development system and prepare the next generation for the labor market. It also offers examples of successful partnerships locally.


Corps to Careers: How Service and Conservation Corps Help Build Tomorrow's Workforce

An examination of the Corps model and how Corps provide wrap-around supports and help participants further their education and develop both hard and soft skills in-demand by today's employers. This document shows how, through offering a combination of training, education, and hands-on experience through service, Corps are a pathway to meaningful employment. 


Service and Conservation Corps: Developments in Green Infrastructure

Learn about some of the work Corps are doing to make communities more resilient and sustainable.


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.


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.


Inclusion Toolkit

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.



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"



The Corps Network Documentary


A short documentary (that can be viewed on YouTube) that gives an overview of Service and Conservation Corps.