Advocacy

The Corps Network promotes the idea that Corps provide a solution to multiple problems in American society.

We believe there is a great need for youth from all backgrounds to get job training opportunities and paid work experience. Corps provide this training, as well as academic programming, and at the same time complete service projects that benefit communities nationwide. It's a win-win model for Corpsmembers and their communities. 

Corps also provide cost-effective improvements and maintenance to our nation's beloved public lands, which include national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and urban parks.

Given these tremendous benefits, a large part of The Corps Network's work in Washington, DC is to win and protect federal funding that helps support Corps programs. 
 


A few of our Issue Areas
 

21CSC
Created through President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO), the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) is a bold national effort to put young Americans and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. Built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the 21CSC will complete high quality, cost effective projects on public and tribal lands and waters across the nation. As a co-chair of the Partnership for the 21CSC, The Corps Network is actively involved in bringing the 21CSC to scale. Many of our member Corps are official 21CSC programs.  

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Public Lands Service Coalition

Led by The Corps Network, the PLSC promotes youth service jobs and career development on public/tribal lands and waters. Each year, Coalition members engage more than 17,000 young people in jobs and service opportunities, and they are poised to expand greatly to address the record-high youth unemployment, the billions of dollars of backlogged maintenance needs on public lands, the need for future federal public lands employees, the national youth obesity epidemic, and the disengagement of youth from the great American outdoors. 

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Opportunity Youth
Opportunity Youth - sometimes referred to as "disconnected youth" - are defined as people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. As of 2015, there are approximately 5.8 million young Americans who meet the definition of Opportunity Youth. These young men and women represent a social and economic opportunity: many of them are eager to further their education, gain work experience and help their communities. Not investing in the future of these youth means 5.8 million missed opportunities. Corps help connect these promising young people to the work experience and educational opportunities they desire.

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