Celebrating extraordinary young adults from America’s
Service and Conservation Corps
About the Award
Every year, at The Corps Network’s National Conference in Washington, DC, we honor a select group of exceptional Corpsmembers from our member Service and Conservation Corps. These young adults have exceeded the expectations of their Corps by exhibiting outstanding leadership skills and demonstrating an earnest commitment to service and civic engagement. The Corpsmembers of the Year are role models; their personal stories and accomplishments are an inspiration to Corpsmembers nationwide.
As a member organization, we proudly represent over 130 organizations that operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 25,000 young men and women join these organizations each year so that they can make a difference. They serve on a broad range of projects, viewing themselves as the modern legacy-bearers of the legendary Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Unquestionably, all 25,000 of these young men and women who serve have fascinating stories to tell. The Corpsmember of the Year Award is our way of recognizing how Corps, and the actions of these young individuals, make a positive impact in our communities and in the lives of others.
Awardees are typically announced in November or December. They are officially recognized at the National Conference in February.
How are Corpsmembers of the Year Chosen?
The Corps Network solicits Corpsmember of the Year nominations from our member Corps. The nomination form consists of two parts: one in which Corps staff explain how the nominee exceeds expectations and acts as a positive influence; and one in which the Corpsmember writes about their Corps experience. Nominations are reviewed by a panel consisting of members of our Corps Council, and staff from The Corps Network and our member Corps.
Click here for a list of past Corpsmembers of the Year. The Award has been presented at every National Conference since 2005.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Corpsmember of the Year award.
The 2020 Corpsmembers of the Year were announced in December 2019 and were recognized at
Thrive: The Power of Community, The Corps Network’s 2020 National Conference. Read about our 2020 nominees.
Luis Cabrales – Student Conservation Association (IL)
Rosy Chavez – Montana Conservation Corps (MT)
Alexa Hansen – American YouthWorks (TX)
Bex Love – Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VT)
Ryan Shelton – Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CA)
Harley Tijerina – California Conservation Corps (CA)