This is What the Civilian Climate Corps Can Look Like

Thousands of young people participate in conservation-focused national service programs every year. These programs, and the young people who serve in them, can offer guidance for the Biden Administration’s Civilian Climate Corps.

Top, left to right: Onondaga Earth Corps (based in NY); Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (MN); Nevada Conservation Corps (NV); Mile High Youth Corps (CO). Bottom, left to right: Fresno Local Conservation Corps (CA); Los Angeles Conservation Corps (CA); Montana Conservation Corps (MT): X-cel Conservation Corps (MA).
Young adults from Conservation Corps across the country.

Yes — Conservation Corps Programs Already Exist

Left to right: GulfCorps, Franklin’s Promise Coalition (photo by The Nature Conservancy); Utah Conservation Corps; Los Angeles Conservation Corps; Conservation Legacy.

Start from Strength, not from Scratch

Left to Right: Estefany Gonzalez Ramos, American Conservation Experience; Destiny Lewis (seated at center), PowerCorpsPHL; Victor Lopez, San Jose Conservation Corps; Trevor Taylor, Southwest Conservation Corps.

We Need to Listen to Young Leaders in Corps

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Mary Ellen Sprenkel

Mary Ellen Sprenkel is the President & CEO of The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps.