The Corps Network promotes the idea that Corps can provide solutions to multiple problems in our country.
As the voice for Service and Conservation Corps in Washington, DC, The Corps Network works with Congress, the Administration, and other decision-makers to promote investments and policies that support the expansion and enrichment of the Corps movement.
To inform our work at the national level, The Corps Network leads several issue-based coalitions with Corps staff. Using stories, insights, and data from the field, we can effectively communicate the needs, goals, and impact of modern Corps.
We believe Corps are a win-win-win
- Engaging the next generation:
Corps provide young adults and veterans the chance to gain hands-on work experience, develop in-demand job skills, and earn industry-recognized certifications. Through engaging young people in meaningful service in communities and on public lands and waters, Corps inspire the next generation of stewards, outdoor enthusiasts, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs.
- Getting things done:
Corps leverage the talents of young people and veterans to conserve resources, improve infrastructure, increase access to the Great Outdoors, respond to disasters and wildfires, and address a range of other priority issues.
- Saving money and boosting local economies:
Corps are a cost-effective partner, helping resource management agencies and other units of local, state and federal government leverage limited funds to accomplish priority projects. The Corps model connects young people and veterans to education and the workforce, thus improving local economies.
Our Issue Areas
21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC)
The Corps Network supports the 21CSC Act. This no-cost, bipartisan bill would simply update existing law to enable more public-private partnerships between the government and Corps. This would help Corps annually engage thousands of additional young adults and veterans in completing critical projects on our country’s public lands and waters, and help units of government save money on priority projects.
The Corps Network supports disaster relief funding for AmeriCorps and resource management agencies. Through the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team program (A-DRT), Service and Conservation Corps deploy hundreds of Corpsmembers every year to communities affected by hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, and other natural and manmade disasters. Corps also do important work to help public lands recover and rebuild following disasters.
The Corps Network supports investments in infrastructure to address overdue maintenance and improvement projects. For over 80 years, Corps have engaged in public-private and private-sector partnerships to complete projects associated with trails and transportation, public lands access, water management, energy efficiency, habitat management, and disaster response and resiliency.
The Corps Network supports AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Many of the member organizations of The Corps Network receive AmeriCorps grant funding that allows them to enroll Corpsmembers and leverage private and local funding to complete important work in disaster response, conservation, wildfire remediation, and other project areas. Investments in AmeriCorps are more than returned in benefits to Corpsmembers, communities, and public lands.
Non-Defense Discretionary Appropriations
The Corps Network opposes cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary Appropriations (NDD). These funds comprise a small percent of the overall federal budget and support many things important to Corps and Americans in general, including national parks and workforce and education programs.
The Corps Network supports strong funding for the operation, maintenance and wildfire budgets of the U.S. Forest Service and the agencies within the Department of the Interior. These funds support public-private partnerships with Corps, through which Corps provide service opportunities to young people and veterans and complete projects that chip away at the maintenance backlog and address other concerns on public lands.
The Corps Network supports investments in workforce development programs, especially those that benefit Opportunity Youth. This includes such programs as YouthBuild, U.S. Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
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