The Corps Network 2017 National Conference took place in Washington, DC, February 12 - 15.
The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.
Our theme for the 2017 National Conference
Corps exist to empower young people and give them the opportunity to better their lives and neighborhoods through service. Every day, Corps confront the problems facing America’s youth and communities. We see poverty and decay, environmental injustice and the effects of climate change. Most of us are all too familiar with the inequities and tension at the root of many recent headlines and controversies. America is talking about these issues and frustrations and – with our place at the intersection of people and government – Corps can bring a unique perspective to the conversation. At Moving Forward Together, we will discuss the ways in which our organizations and the young people we serve address racial, environmental, and community inequities on a day-to-day basis. We will also reflect on our own biases, knowledge deficits, and shortcomings regarding these topics. By talking about these issues and sharing our experiences, we can begin to heal, find solutions and Move Forward, Together.
What did you think? Your feedback is essential! The information we receive from post-conference surveys plays a huge role in planning next year's event:
General Confernece Evaluation
Thank you to The Corps Network’s 2017 National Conference Sponsors
Every year at our National Conference, we honor outstanding individuals and innovation within the Corps world. Click below to learn more about each of our Awards and download nomination forms.
Corpsmember of the Year - 2017
Awarded to exceptional Corpsmembers who exceed the expectations of their Corps by exhibiting outstanding leadership skills and demonstrating an earnest commitment to service. [Nominations were due in November 2016. Winners were announced 12/13/16 and will be recognized at the National Conference]
Project of the Year - 2017
Awarded to Corps that have completed particularly innovative, interesting or challenging projects within the past year. [Nominations were due in November 2016. Winners were announced 12/13/16 and will be recognized at the National Conference]
Farms at NYCHA
IUCN World Conservation Congress Youth Engagement
ASL Inclusion Young Adult Crew
Job Corps Wildland Fire Program
Legacy Achievement Award - 2017
Awarded to individuals with approximately 20 or more years of significant contribution to the Corps movement. [Nominations were due in November 2016. Winners were announced 12/13/16 and will be recognized at the National Conference]
21CSC Champion of the Year - 2017
[Awarded by the Partnership for the 21CSC] Awarded to dedicated individuals from organizations and federal agencies that partner with local 21CSC programs. [3 awards will be given out]
National Distinction Awardees