Celebrating extraordinary young adults from America’s 
Service and Conservation Corps

Congratulations to the Winners of The Corps Network 2022 Corpsmember of the Year Award:
Martha Alva Velasquez, Civicorps
Kalen Anderson, Appalachian Conservation Corps
Aaron Conner, Southeast Conservation Corps
Brianna Free, California Conservation Corps

Read about all the finalists for the 2022 Award

Awardees were recognized at our 2022 virtual National Conference in April – Learn more.
Questions? Contact Hannah Traverse.


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.

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.

Past Winners

Click here for a list of past Corpsmembers of the Year. The Award has been presented at every National Conference since 2005.