Introducing the 2020 Corpsmember of the Year Awardees
The Corpsmember of the Year award honors an exceptional Corpsmember from our member Service and Conservation Corps.
Read more about our 2020 winners, who will be officially awarded at our annual conference Thrive: The Power of Community in Washington, D.C., February 9-12, 2020.
Congratulations to all of our winners! We thank you for dedication and hard work.
Student Conservation Association (IL)
A resident of Chicago, Luis Cabrales has risen through the ranks in the Student Conservation Association, proving himself to be a great leader within the Corps, as well as within Chicago’s broader conservation community. In addition to serving with SCA, Luis is a full-time student and partners with other local organizations to coordinate outdoor activities, volunteer workdays, and youth group meetings. He is also working to start a nonprofit to empower local young people to be leaders and change-makers in Southeast Chicago. Luis is known for his ability to motivate others and for his passion for nature.
Read more about Luis
Rosalinda “Rosy” Chavez
Montana Conservation Corps (MT)
Through her resilient and positive attitude, Rosalinda “Rosy” Chavez has achieved a great deal with Montana Conservation Corps’ Piikani Lands Crew, a program for youth from the Blackfeet Nation. Rosy’s service followed a bad car accident that left her in the hospital for several months; doctors were concerned she would never walk again. Overcoming her injury, Rosy joined her crewmates in helping construct trail and improve habitats. Her optimism, sense of humor, and perseverance motivated everyone around her. Rosy currently attends school with hopes of becoming a trauma therapist.
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Alexandria “Alexa” Hansen
American YouthWorks (TX)
With her discipline and dedication to service, Alexa established herself as a valuable AmeriCorps member of the Casa Verde Builders program at American YouthWorks (AYW). Alexa always dreamed of serving her country. However, diagnosed as Deaf at the age of six, she is ineligible to follow in her family’s footsteps and join the military. Instead, Alexa found purpose in AmeriCorps. Alexa, the only Deaf Corpsmember at AYW, earned the role of Crew Leader within the first two months of her term. This also made her the only female Crew Leader in the Casa Verde Builders program. In addition to her service responsibilities, Alexa started teaching ASL at the Corps. Wanting to continue giving back, Alexa hopes to one day become a nurse or paramedic and also work for FEMA.
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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VT)
From traveling across the country and volunteering in different communities, a desire to serve brought Bex Love to Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC). With no previous experience in conservation work or camping, it was Bex’s enthusiastic spirit that made them a standout with the VYCC. Bex served on a 900-hour AmeriCorps Spike Crew. The crew worked together to complete high priority conservation projects, including removing invasive species and building trails. In spite of being diagnosed with Lyme disease during their service, Bex stayed positive. Their demeanor, humor and positive personality are some of the many reasons why VYCC can’t wait to welcome Bex back as an AmeriCorps member or Crew Leader.
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Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CA)
Ryan joined the Corps looking for a fresh start. Soon after enrolling at Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB), Ryan stood out as a leader among his peers. His hard work and can-do attitude inspired his crewmates to do their best. As a “Red Hat,” a Corpsmember who has demonstrated they can lead a group of peers on a project, Ryan volunteered to participate in a solar installation program made possible through a partnership between CCLB and Grid Alternatives. Ryan currently works for Xero Solar, a Tesla Certified Partner installer. He continues to be a spokesperson for the Corps and enjoys helping other young people find their passions.
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California Conservation Corps (CA)
Harley Tijerina has a passion for volunteering and helping others. She came to California Conservation Corps (CCC) looking for a much-needed break from school. Harley was accepted into the CCC Yosemite Tent Camp program, dedicated to repairing damage done by Rim Fire in 2013. After completing this project, Harley was transferred to the Siskiyou Center and promoted to a Crew Leader position. Here, she was instrumental in helping motivate her crew during a time of staff transitions. She even helped restart the Center’s Corpsmember Advisory Board. Since joining the CCC, Harley has given over 75 hours of her own time volunteering with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She hopes to pursue a career in natural resource management.
Read more about Harley