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The 21CSC is a bold national initiative to annually engage 100,000 youth and veterans in service on America’s public lands by 2018. The 192 official 21CSC member organizations currently engage tens of thousands of young people every year in completing quality, cost-effective maintenance and improvement projects in city parks and on public and tribal lands and waters across the country. The programs of the 21CSC help address the backlogged maintenance needs of land and water management agencies; enhance outdoor recreation opportunities; improve the accessibility of public lands; and respond to wildfires and other natural disasters.
The 21CSC Act was introduced in the United States Senate (S.1993) in August 2015 by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). It was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.5114) in April 2016 by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). Original co-sponsors in the House included Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA). Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) is also a cosponsor. If signed into law, the 21CSC Act would allow federal land and water management agencies – like the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service – to meet their missions in a cost-efficient manner through formal, more effective partnerships with 21CSC member organizations. It would also enable additional federal agencies to more easily partner with 21CSC organizations to accomplish their goals. The 21CSC Act would:
- Expand the number of federal agencies that can work with 21CSC programs. Enlisting Conservation Corps to do priority work has often proven to be more cost-effective for federal agencies.
- Encourage federal agencies to collaborate, and require that they use only existing resources to work with 21CSC programs, meaning there would be no additional cost to tax-payers.
- Prioritize the engagement of recent veterans and disadvantaged youth in 21CSC programs.
- Establish standards for data collection and measuring the effectiveness of 21CSC programs.
- Provide two years of non-competitive hiring eligibility with federal agencies for young people and veterans who gain valuable skills through service in 21CSC programs.
There’s a lot you can do to help move the 21CSC Act! We need your help to get the word out about the 21CSC Act and urge your US House & Senate Members to get this cost-saving, bipartisan bill passed!
How you can help:
- Use this template and send a Letter to the Editor of your local paper
- Use this template and submit an Op-Ed to your local paper
- Get on social media – use this helpful packet with sample tweets and FB messages, as well as important handles and hashtags. See below to download graphics you can include with your messages. There are also 2 blank graphics you can edit to include pictures of your own 21CSC program.
- Copy and paste this message into emails to your Senators and House Members and urge them to co-sponsor this bipartisan and cost-saving legislation! Please check this document to see if your Members of Congress are on key House and Senate Committees. If so, please also send the message to the staff members listed in the document.