The Corps Network extends gratitude to Corps partners and supporters in the federal government.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, is pleased to announce Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships at AmeriCorps, and Maggie Thomas, Special Assistant to the President for Climate, as recipients of The Corps Network’s 2024 Federal Champion Award. The Corps Network is also grateful in announcing the 2024 Congressional Champions: Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO). The Federal and Congressional Champions will be honored at an awards reception in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, March 20, happening during The Corps Network’s 2024 National Conference.
The Corps Network’s Federal Champion Award recognizes employees in the federal government who have been instrumental in helping the Corps community access projects, funding, trainings, services for Corpsmembers, or other resources. Federal Champions are individuals who have demonstrated commitment to supporting the work Corps do to improve communities, conserve our natural spaces, and empower young people. The Corps Network honors Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell and Maggie Thomas for their continued work with the Corps community to launch the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Climate Corps.
The Congressional Champion Award recognizes elected officials in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives who have advocated for policies and resources to sustain and strengthen America’s Corps programs. The Congressional Champions are individuals who have shown support for national service programs and the young people they engage. The Corps Network honors Sens. Capito, Cassidy, Coons, Heinrich, and Hickenlooper for sponsoring a Senate resolution that officially designated June 16, 2023, as the first National Service and Conservation Corps Day. This day seeks to celebrate Corps, thank Corpsmembers and alums for their service, and raise awareness about the importance of national service in maintaining public lands and empowering our next generation of conservation leaders.
“Part of what makes Corps programs so effective is that they are rooted in public-private partnerships,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “Corps collaborate with local, state, and federal government agencies to leverage resources and address some of our nation’s biggest challenges. The important work Corps do would not be possible without Federal and Congressional Champions to help Corps access information and resources. On behalf of America’s Corps community, I extend deep appreciation to Yasmeen, Maggie, and Sens. Capito, Cassidy, Coons, Heinrich, and Hickenlooper for believing in the transformative power of national service programs. We look forward to continue working with all our 2024 Champions to advance Corps programs in the year ahead.”