The Corps Network Receives Grant to Enhance Training and Technical Assistance Offerings to Member Organizations

Renewed grant from The JPB Foundation will promote growth and improvement throughout Corps community.

Photo in banner: Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) setting up temporary medical facilities in 2020 as part of they city’s COVID-19 response effort. CCLB was one of 30 Service and Conservation Corps across the country that received COVID-19 Corps Relief Funds through The Corps Network with support from The JPB Foundation.

 

WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2021) – The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, is pleased to announce the receipt of a three-year grant from The JPB Foundation in New York City to support the expansion of The Corps Network’s training and technical assistance capacity. This, in turn, will promote growth, sustainability, and improvement across the Service and Conservation Corps community.

“The Corps Network exists to support connection, success and innovation across America’s Service and Conservation Corps. We are grateful for this assistance in our mission to grow and strengthen our member organizations,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “With the possibility of a national Civilian Climate Corps initiative on the horizon, we look forward to an exciting time of development in the Corps movement.”

The mission of The JPB Foundation is to advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research. Specifically, the goals of this funding are to:

    • Help existing Corps expand services to additional communities, populations, and Corpsmembers,
    • Establish new Corps in underserved communities, and
    • Improve Corpsmember post-program placement outcomes by helping Corps improve their workforce development programming so they are able to prepare Corpsmembers for jobs in a rapidly evolving, sustainable economy.

The Corps Network received a three-year grant from The JPB Foundation in 2018 to enhance training and technical assistance offerings. Among other outcomes, The Corps Network used this support to:

    • Support the development of a Workforce Development curriculum in The Corps Network’s Gulf of Mexico office
    • Provide COVID-19 Relief Funds to 30 Corps to help Corpsmembers return safely to work
    • Launch a virtual Town Hall meeting initiative during the pandemic
    • Expand The Corps Network’s Resource Library
    • Provide technical assistance to over a dozen communities interested in starting a Corps
    • Complete a mapping program to allow us to better identify Corps deserts
    • Provide targeted technical assistance to eight Corps to help them strengthen their systems and increase their capacity
    • Help over a dozen Corps successfully complete The Corps Network’s accreditation process

The Corps Network’s training and technical assistance programming is led by Allen Dietz. Mr. Dietz has been involved with the Corps movement for over 25 years, serving as a Corps director in Texas, a national training and technical assistance provider for Corps, and as a staff member at The Corps Network. Allen has led The Corps Network’s accreditation program for the past seven years.

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About 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 more than 22,000 Corpsmembers to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service. Learn more about The Corps Network at www.corpsnetwork.org.
 

 

About The JPB Foundation

The JPB Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City. The JPB Foundation’s mission is to advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research.