Civilian Conservation Service Corps

Civilian Conservation Service Corps

NEWER YOUTH AND VETERAN SERVICE CORPS IN EXISTENCE

NNDPA frequently hears the following: “We could sure use another CCC program to help homeless people today.” We totally approve of this suggestion but are happy to report that there are some existing programs that are quite similar but not nearly as large in numbers of participants and not fully government-funded and no Army run camps like done in the CCC. The Department of Interior supports this new youth initiative and little known existing legislation H.R.1966 was introduced April 22, 2015 -21st Century Civilian Conservation Service Corps and is attempting approve legislation “to authorize the President to reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps as a means of providing gainful employment to unemployed and underemployed citizens of the U.S. through the performance of useful public work and for other purposes.”
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps-contact info is here and a list of their 21 CSC-partners can be found on that website. The charter of this group calls for it to develop “national partnerships to support 21 CC.” These partnerships with national and local non-profit and for-profit organization support the development and implementation of the 21 CSC to reach its goal of engaging 100,000 young people and veterans per year in conservation service. There are nearly 200 different but similar programs to the CCC located all over the country. For example, by state there are the following number of programs:
Alaska-5
Arizona-4
Alabama-3
California -21
Colorado 15
Connecticut -2
D.C. -7
Florida-4
Georgia-2
Hawaii-5
Idaho-6
Illinois-3
Louisiana-2
Maine-2
Massachusetts- 4
Michigan-3
Missouri-3
Mississippi-1
Montana-7
Minnesota-7
North Carolina-2
New York -6
New Mexico -8
New Jersey-2
Nevada -3
Ohio-5
Oregon-15
South Carolina -1
Tennessee-4
Texas-3
Utah-4
Virginia-4
Vermont-3
Washington-6
West Virginia-1
Wyoming -1
Wisconsin-5

Not all of the programs are Accredited Corps. Approximately 21 of the programs are accredited. The accreditation process is overseen by The Corps Center of Excellence , a subsidiary of The Corps Network; the National Assoc. of Service and Conservation Corps. Accreditation is granted to Corps that have undergone an in-depth review of their general operations, financial management, risk management, and governance standards and have demonstrated accountability to both Corps members and the communities in which they operate. Accreditation is available only for organizations that meet the definition of a Corps. Some contact programs and staff that can share more about this whole subject include:

The CCC Legacy –Joan Sharpe, Director
Conservation Legacy—Durango, CO. Director: Harry Buell 970-403-1149
The Corps Network –Washington, D.C. Director: Mary Ellen Sprekel.
Corporation for National and Community Service Chief of External Affairs: Ted Miller cncs@delivery.nationalservice.gov