100 New Street Room 238
Syracuse, New York
Onondaga Earth Corps
FOUNDED IN: 2005 | ACCREDITATION STATUS : Full Accreditation in Process
The Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) was formed to:
• Help youth understand the relationship between people and the urban ecosystem
• Engage youth in hands-on community and environmental service learning projects
• Train youth for future jobs and careers in environmental fields
• Empower youth by developing their leadership skills and ability to analyze situations, solve problems and implement strategies to improve their local communities
OEC believes this mission can be accomplished by bringing youth to the forefront of creating livable, sustainable communities through service, social enterprise and community outreach.
The OEC models itself on the highly successful and effective Youth Conservation Corps model which addresses critical environmental and human service needs by engaging young adults, ages 16-25, in service to their community. The Corps leads to positive outcomes for its Corpsmembers by teaching valuable job readiness and technical skills, providing a living stipend and essential support services, and helping to increase participants’ future employability and earning potential. Corpsmembers complete projects throughout Syracuse that focus on urban forestry, stormwater management, park and community beautification, and historic preservation.