The Corps Network Receives Funding to Support More than 3,500 AmeriCorps Positions Across the United States

Funding will Continue The Corps Network’s Education Award Program (EAP) and Opportunity Youth Service Initiative (OYSI).
Conservation Corps Participating in EAP and OYSI Engage Young Adults in Conservation Service Projects, Education, Career Development.

 

AmeriCorps member on a prescribed burn with Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, an EAP subgrantee of The Corps Network.

Washington, DC (June 9, 2021) – The Corps Network – the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps – received two AmeriCorps grants to continue The Corps Network’s AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP) and Opportunity Youth Service Initiative (OYSI). Over the coming program year, member organizations of The Corps Network participating in EAP and OYSI will engage more than 3,500 AmeriCorps members in conservation-focused service projects, education, and career development. This grant cycle marks The Corps Network’s twenty-first year as an AmeriCorps National Direct grantee.

“The Corps Network is grateful to continue our AmeriCorps EAP and OYSI programs. Through these programs, dozens of Service and Conservation Corps in our membership can give thousands of young Americans the opportunity to participate in enhancing our public lands, making our environment more resilient, and improving our communities,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “We are proud to be part of the national service community. We believe in the power of service to transform lives and address some of our country’s greatest challenges. We look forward to seeing what The Corps Network’s 2021-2022 AmeriCorps members accomplish.”

Through EAP and OYSI, The Corps Network will sub-grant AmeriCorps funds to more than 35 member organizations of The Corps Network, operating across nearly every state and the District of Columbia. The Corps Network’s two National Direct grant awards are among more than 300 AmeriCorps grants recently awarded to nonprofit and community-based organizations across the U.S. to support nearly 40,000 national service members.

 


Education Award Program (EAP)

Click to view list of Corps organizations participating in the 2021 – 2022 EAP program year
AmeriCorps member with Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks, an EAP and OYSI subgrantee of The Corps Network.

The Corps Network’s EAP is one of the largest AmeriCorps Education Award Programs in the country. Since its creation in 2000, EAP has supported more than 55,000 AmeriCorps positions.

During the 2021 – 2022 program year, EAP will engage 2,552 youth, young adults and veterans across 41 states and the District of Columbia. EAP AmeriCorps members will serve out of 47 Operating Sites, managed by 25 member organizations of The Corps Network. EAP AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to collectively earn more than $6.9 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards.

EAP concentrates on the AmeriCorps focus areas of Environmental Stewardship and Disaster Services. During the 2021 – 2022 program year – which is the first year in a new three-year grant cycle for EAP – the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving 29,300 acres of public land and 1,900 miles of trails and waterways. They will also engage 1,400 volunteers in conservation-focused projects.

To support their AmeriCorps members, programs participating in The Corps Network’s EAP will secure approximately $37.8 million from federal, state, and local resource management agencies, including the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, state departments of natural resources, and city departments of parks and recreation, as well as a variety of public and private philanthropies.

 


Opportunity Youth Service Initiative (OYSI)

Click to view list of Corps organizations participating in the 2021 – 2022 OYSI program year
AmeriCorps members with Green City Force, an OYSI subgrantee of The Corps Network.

During the 2021 – 2022 program year, The Corps Network’s Opportunity Youth Service Initiative (OYSI) will engage 970 AmeriCorps members in 17 Corps, operating across 17 states.

OYSI engages youth and young adults in environmental stewardship projects that improve access to public lands and promote energy efficiency in low-income housing. At least 80 percent of OYSI participants are “opportunity youth”: young adults between ages 16 and 24 who, prior to the start of their service, have been unemployed for at least six months.

OYSI concentrates on the AmeriCorps focus areas of Environmental Stewardship and Economic Opportunity. At the end of the program year – the third in a three-year grant cycle for OYSI – the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving 8,302 acres of public lands; treating 1,056 miles of trails and waterways; and weatherizing/retrofitting 500 low-income housing units.

During the program, OYSI AmeriCorps members will obtain work-readiness and technical skills. Additionally, 80 percent will obtain industry-recognized credentials, and 50 percent of members entering the program without a GED or high school diploma will attain one. OYSI AmeriCorps members will also have the opportunity to collectively earn approximately $2.6 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards.

Since its creation in 2013, OYSI has supported more than 4,400 AmeriCorps members.

 


AmeriCorps Member Service Locations

An EAP AmeriCorps member from American Conservation Experience in Hawaii.
Corps involved in 2021 – 2022 EAP

Listed with state[s] where AmeriCorps members will serve

  • American Conservation Experience (AZ, CA, NC, TX, UT)
  • American YouthWorks (TX)
  • California Conservation Corps (CA)
  • Christodora, Inc. (MA, NY)
  • Civicorps (CA)
  • Community Training Works, Inc. (FL)
  • Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (MN)
  • Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CA)
  • Conservation Legacy (members in 39 states, with the majority in AZ, CA, CO, IL)
  • G.E.M. Environmental (AZ)
  • Great Basin Institute (members in 5 states, with the majority in CA, NV)
  • Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (WI)
  • Greater Miami Service Corps (FL)
  • Limitless Vistas, Inc. (LA)
  • Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps (MI)
  • Mile High Youth Corps (CO)
  • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps (NY)
  • Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps (MN)
  • Northwest Youth Corps (ID, OR, WA)
  • Onondaga Earth Corps (NY)
  • Rocky Mountain Conservancy (CO)
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (CO)
  • Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (CA)
  • Sequoia Community Corps (CA)
  • Youth Conservation Corps (IL)

 

AmeriCorps members with Operation Fresh Start on Earth Day.
Corps involved in 2021 – 2022 OYSI

Listed with state[s] where AmeriCorps members will serve

  • American YouthWorks (TX)
  • Civic Works (MD)
  • Climb CDC Conservation Corps (MS)
  • Community Training Works, Inc. (FL)
  • Conservation Corps of the Forgotten and Emerald Coasts (FL)
  • Conservation Legacy (AZ, NC, NM)
  • Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (WI)
  • Greater Miami Service Corps (FL)
  • Green City Force (NY)
  • green | spaces (TN)
  • Limitless Vistas, Inc. (LA)
  • Northwest Youth Corps (OR, WA)
  • Operation Fresh Start (WI)
  • PowerCorpsPHL (PA)
  • The Sustainability Institute (SC)
  • Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VT)
  • Western Colorado Conservation Corps (CO)

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AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteering, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

The Corps Network

The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, provides leadership and support to over 130 Corps across the United States. Through advocacy, and providing Corps access to funding opportunities and expert guidance, The Corps Network annually enables 25,000 Corpsmembers to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service. To learn more about The Corps Network, please visit www.corpsnetwork.org.

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