About The Corps Network National Conference

The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of workforce development, community service, and conservation. Attendees include hundreds of young adult Corpsmembers and staff from Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.

We Are the Civilian Climate Corps: A CCC for a New Generation

In 1933, as the U.S. faced a crisis of environmental degradation, our nation’s leaders established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to put young men to work restoring America’s natural resources. As we face a pivotal moment in the fight against climate change, we once again call on the model of the CCC to engage young Americans in efforts to bolster community resilience.

The original CCC completed important work, but a CCC for the next generation – a Civilian Climate Corps – must reflect the new America, one focused on equity, community input, and engaging those who not only have the most to contribute, but also the most to gain from the opportunity to serve.

The Corps Network’s 2022 National Conference is a virtual event where we will build this vision for the next generation’s CCC. Bringing together thought leaders, young adult Corpsmembers and Corps staff, and the partners who make up the modern Corps movement, TCN will engage attendees in a series of workshops, discussions, and presentations related to Climate Corps best practices and issue areas. Join us as we work together to ensure the Civilian Climate Corps is built from a foundation of strength.

Agenda


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Final Results of the "Corps 3.0" Evaluation: Understanding the Impact of Youth Conservation Corps on their Sponsoring Agency Partners  

This session will include a presentation and discussion of the final results of the four-year project evaluating conservation corps' impacts on their state park and national forest sponsors. Within, and between, year comparisons of the evaluation will be made to demonstrate the consistent, beneficial partnership between conservation corps and public land management agency personnel and to understand how corps function differently than other common partnership types over time.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Opening Session: We are the Civilian Climate Corps

In 1933, as the U.S. faced a crisis of environmental degradation, our nation’s leaders established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to put young men to work restoring America’s natural resources. As we face a pivotal moment in the fight against climate change, we once again call on the model of the CCC to engage young Americans in efforts to bolster community resilience.
The original CCC completed important work, but a CCC for the next generation – a Civilian Climate Corps – must reflect the new America, one focused on equity, community input, and engaging those who not only have the most to contribute, but also the most to gain from the opportunity to serve.
Join us for the opening of The Corps Network's 2022 National Conference where we will build this vision for the next generation's CCC, celebrate our Corpsmembers and Projects of the Year, and hear from our keynote speaker.

This session includes: 
-Corpsmember of the Year Speech: Martha Alva Velasquez, Civicorps
-Project of the Year Video Highlight: Austin Civilian Conservation Corps – American YouthWorks
-Project of the Year Video Highlight: OysterCorps – Conservation Corps of the Forgotten & Emerald Coasts
-Project of the Year Video Highlight: Pallet Partnership – Civicorps, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, San Jose Conservation Corps

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Developing a Racial Equity Strategic Plan

"In 2017, ten Corps from across the country joined The Corps Network for the Moving Forward Initiative (MFI). Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, MFI is an effort to confront racism and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Corps movement. Several of the MFI Corps – (American Youth Works, Civicorps, Green City Force, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Mile High Youth Corps, and PowerCorps PHL) – will discuss their work in developing racial equity strategic plans. Each Corps is at a different place in this process and will share their work and understanding around this journey. Candice Blackwell (formerly with Civic Works) will join the Corps in conversation and the process, what a racial equity plan is, and questions such as: Why did you decide to do this work? What were you looking to achieve? How can we operationalize equity? What have you identified as “best practices” to shift organizational culture? In looking at liberation and leadership, this session will direct our gaze to the Corps. Thank you to the ten Corps that have participated in our MFI Journey: American YouthWorks, Civicorps, Civic Works, Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, Green City Force, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Mile High Youth Corps, Montana Conservation Corps and PowerCorpsPHL "

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Coaching Corpsmembers into Careers in Conservation

Founded in 1976, the California Conservation Corps (CCC) is the largest and oldest conservation corps in the nation, with 23 locations and over 1,600 Corpsmember positions available. In 2019 the CCC started the Transition Navigator Program to help track Corpsmember outcomes as well as help Corpsmembers on their career path. The CCC hired 14 Transition Navigators; these Navigators were tasked with creating a new innovative program, as well as learning how to best help Corpsmembers into exciting career opportunities. This session will share how the CCC Navigator Program helped Corpsmembers transition into fulfilling careers in conservation, clean energy, and public service. Using one-on-one coaching, connection, accountability, and advocacy, Navigators helped Corpsmembers make wins and improve their lives. These actions cultivate a new generation of skilled, hard-working, aware, young people that contribute to our communities and improve our environment. In addition, this session shares the best ways to help Corpsmembers explore meaningful careers that they didn’t know existed. This session shows how to find well-paying jobs in the energy and conservation fields while sharing how the CCC assists Corpsmembers in telling the story of how the skills they gained with CCC can translate into their next job.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Recruitment Strategies: Lessons Learned

Society has changed a lot over the past two years. As our lives have moved increasingly online, and as our economy witnesses shifting workforce dynamics, recruitment tactics at national service programs have needed to evolve, too. This session will explore emerging recruitment strategies, from leveraging partnerships, to using social media, to engaging current and former service members in the process. We'll look at where young people are getting their info and discuss how to encourage a prospective Corpsmember to learn more and apply. This session will examine the real-life implementation of new recruitment strategies at several organizations, focusing on the "how," the impact, and any lessons learned. Audience members will be invited to engage in conversations about their own recruitment successes and challenges.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Healthcare Marketplace Overview & Benefits Panel Discussion

Come join us for an industry-led discussion on the latest opportunities and challenges of providing health insurance and other benefits to attract and retain your employees and staff. Listen to a benefits insurance expert from Fred C. Church review the health insurance marketplace as well as a panel discussion with lead benefit professionals from American YouthWorks and American Conservation Experience. They have recently taken a deep dive into this subject to ensure their staff has the best possible health and ancillary benefits from the options available in the marketplace.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Welcoming Day Network Reception

Description Forthcoming

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Yoga Heights!

Join us for a morning of yoga hosted by Yoga Heights! Yoga Heights Back to Basics will be a 1-hour yoga class that offers guidance on common yoga poses, breathing and the positive effects of yoga. This is a great beginner yoga class, but also an excellent opportunity for more seasoned yogis to take a step back, refine poses and get a tune-up to continue a lifelong vinyasa yoga practice. This Yoga session will be instructed by Jess Pierno (She/Her). Jess' classes can be described as flowing, spontaneous and light-hearted. She loves empowering people to feel better, stronger, balanced, and/or peaceful. In her classes, Jess always reminds students to "check-in with yourself, and say thank you to you." Jess believes it's a gift to yourself when you prioritize your own wellbeing, at least for that 45-60 mins, and that the practice of gratitude for that time sets you on a path of contentment for the day. Jess is an E-RYT500 with training in Aerial Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Baby & Kids Yoga, Mindful Yoga Therapy, and is the lead trainer for the Yoga Heights Teacher Training. Jess opened Yoga Heights in 2014 and is thrilled to be a community oriented business owner in Washington D.C..

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Starting a Corps in Your Community

This session is a presentation on the steps necessary to start a Corps. The focus will be on conducting a readiness assessment, pre-planning, choices in Corps structure, necessary systems, staff and Corpsmember recruitment and training, starting operations, and funding. We will include a staff person from the newly formed PowerCorps in Buffalo to provide an additional perspective on starting a Corps.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Liberation and Leadership: Equity, Environment, and Community in Puerto Rico

As in many places in the United States, environmental degradation disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations. Solutions that look to include community are essential. This conversation will look to address equity, environmental justice, community, and Corps. We will look at some of the challenges facing Puerto Rico, but most importantly we are looking at solutions. We have brought together people who can look at both the problems and solutions of the past and present through the multiple lens of justice, equity, and the environment as we look to unfold this discussion and answer questions about how these challenges are being addressed. What are some of the strategies being used? What role can a Corps play? What can be done to foster and promote collaboration and accountability in addressing these challenges and recommendations.

This session includes:
- Corpsmember of the Year Speech: Kalen Anderson, Appalachian Conservation Corps

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

How could the CCC Create Climate and Economic Justice in Public and Low-income Housing Communities?

Environmental, economic and racial justice imperatives converge in public and low-income housing communities. What if the future legacy of the Civilian Climate Corps included building thriving, healthy and sustainable public and low-income housing communities in cities across America? This workshop will feature a nuts and bolts discussion with Vlada Kenniff, Vice President for Energy and Sustainability at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the nation’s largest public housing authority; Tamara Greenfield, Deputy Executive Director, Design & Activation, NYC Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety; and Tonya Gayle, Executive Director of Green City Force, who have worked together through a multi-year strategic partnership to address energy efficiency, zero waste, food access, urban forestry, renewable energy, as well as leadership development, community safety, disrupting the prison pipeline and expanding economic opportunity in public housing. This work has created impact for public housing residents, buildings, and land, while also informing strategic visions at NYCHA in years to come. Yet barriers exist to scaling this kind of partnership. Could a CCC be the catalyst for tens of thousands of young adult residents to lead the transformations urgently needed in public housing and build their futures at the same time? We'll explore and discuss.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Generational Opportunity: Leveraging our Legacy Conservation Corps Capactiy to Support the new Climate Corps

This workshop will cover the Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCCs).The 24 CCCs are located in 15 states and provide academic credentials, career technical training, leadership development, and job opportunities for disadvantaged youth ages 16-24 in a safe, inclusive, residential program. The CCCs have performed climate impacting work since the inception of the Job Corps program in 1964 and continue to be at the forefront of changing lives and serving the land. The session will include an orientation to the program by national leadership, engagement with current students and program graduates, and a robust question and answer session aimed toward partnering with Corps programs.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Breaking Monotony & Burnout: Tips for Maintaining Morale on Service Sites

Scientists have found that monotonous work can negatively impact mental health, cause stress, and lead to burnout. Whether corps are conducting service maintaining trails, clearing invasive plants, or performing data entry, service can feel quite repetitive at times. While negative personal life and community circumstances follow corpsmembers into the workplace, adversely affecting morale. Prolonged low morale is often a determining factor in corpsmember retention and service term completion. Underscoring the importance for corps leadership and staff to strategize ways to mitigate their impacts on crew morale and service work.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Civilian Climate Corps Storytelling and Messaging

The modern Corps community is shaped by more than 140 distinct organizations. Each Corps has its own marketing, storytelling, and recruitment strategies designed to reach unique audiences and goals. With the prospect of a national Civilian Climate Corps initiative on the horizon, what should your organization consider when it comes to your messaging? How can new and established Corps programs position their work as part of a broader movement? In this session, we will provide ideas and guidance for how to incorporate Civilian Climate Corps themes into your organization's existing storytelling. We’ll also provide an opportunity for participants to brainstorm and share their own messaging ideas and questions. It will be more important than ever for each organization in today's Corps movement to be able to articulate their role not just as a local program, but as a member of a community of like-minded national service programs. Together we can build a collective Corps message.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Service Corps Outcomes: A Collaborative Evaluation Experience

The National Park Foundation, in collaboration with the Public Lands Service Coalition, are embarking on a three-year study to learn more about the effects of the service corps experience and how this program impacts participants, especially individuals who identify as BIPOC. In conjunction with our evaluation partner, RTI International, we are excited to share more about our study and to engage with service corps organizations, and service corps alumni, to discuss our framework, proposed outcomes, and our evaluation model. We encourage all attendees to come and participate in this conversation as we work together to continue to understand and showcase the impact of the service corps field.

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM ET

What is My Carbon Footprint?

In order to understand how one's behavior contributes to global warming; one must look at their carbon footprint. In this workshop, participants will learn what a carbon footprint is, measure and estimate their own carbon footprints, determine their personal impact on global climate change, and learn what personal steps they can take to help.

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Uncovering the Secrets of Finding and Appying to Jobs with the Federal Government

Join the National Park Service to learn about the differences between federal and business resumes, and to practice using a USAJobs job announcement to tailor your resume. Please have your current resume on hand (federal or business is fine!) as well as a link to a USAJobs.gov job announcement that interests you. We'll share tips, tricks, and best practices to help you put your best foot forward.

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Traditional and Non-Traditional Uses for Your AmeriCorps Education Award

Non-traditional uses of the AmeriCorps Education Award can lead to meaningful employment. Using TCN’s publication which is designed to assist members as they begin their term of service with the end in mind and making an informed decision about their future. We will focus on the best way to make the most of your Education Award as well as address the needs of members who don’t plan or had not planned to continue their education in a traditional four-year degree program. Discussion will include term limits, how and when to use the award, eligible schools, eligible educational expenses, trade schools, schools of national service accessing the award, loan forbearance, repayment of student loan, taxes, and examples of non-traditional schools. Access to TCN’s publication will be available to all participants.

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Money Concepts for Young Adults

Money Concepts for Young Adults starts by discussing fundamental financial planning concepts, like your first experience earning money, setting goals, and budgeting. The core of this presentation will explore financial stages of life. They include options to pay for post high school education, how to reduce college costs, and budgeting once you enter the workforce. We will close with a review of beneficial credit and savings topics.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Liberation and Leadership: Justice, Transformation, and Self-Awareness

This conversation, moderated by Gyasi Ross, (attorney, author, activist), brings together subjects from the film ""Since I Been Down"" including Dr. Gilda Sheppard (Filmmaker, Professor of Sociology, Cultural and Media Studies), Kimonti Carter (founder of TEACH – Taking Education and Creating History) and Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt (Founder – Strategic Destiny, author, advisor). Inspired by themes from the film, they will discuss the US justice system and what our “culture of punishment” tells us about ourselves and our values, the concepts of transformative and restorative justice, the impact of systemic and institutional oppression on the individual that can morph into a self-image of inferiority and inadequacy, and how one can move from disempowerment to empowerment through identifying “free will” and determination. Liberation of self, so that one can then act in the world. Join us for the virtual film screening of Since I Been Down at 6:30pm ET on Tuesday, April 5. The film, directed by Dr. Sheppard, highlights the work of Kimonti Carter, the founder of an innovative prisoner education program, TEACH. The film is available to stream on-demand for the following two weeks. Click the ""film screening"" tab on the event toolbar to access the film.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Climate Resiliency Education in 3D: Using AR to Train a New Generation of Stewards

JIn a new age of augmented reality (AR) technology, apps like Agents of Discovery (AoD) can be used to help train Corpsmembers for service and positions in federal agencies such as the Forest Service (USFS), National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). These agencies need middlemen to tell the story of the Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges and more, in fun, active and interactive ways – while creating the next generation of Americans committed to being outdoor stewards. Corpsmembers can be trained as educators and interpreters and can be equipped with the technological know-how to continuously update and adapt information on AR platforms to keep people coming back to learn more. The session will explore how Corps can use AR technology in training new Corpsmembers in Climate Resiliency and will show how Corpsmembers with interests in gaming, augmented reality and other contemporary skills can use this interest to aid publicly managed outdoor sites in ways that engage youth ages 5 to 18 and modernize public agencies’ leverage resources, now focusing on printed brochures and in-person storytelling.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Corps: Re-Imaging Workforce Development

Workforce development is a series of interconnected education and training strategies intended to develop an individuals' technical and employability skills to prepare them to enter and thrive in the workforce. Workforce development is a vehicle that provides individuals with few skills to access better jobs and help employers meet their needs for skilled workers. This interactive session will help attendees re-image what workforce development is by addressing the following topics: • What is workforce development? • How does adding a workforce development component benefit my program? • What are some potential challenges of adding a workforce development component to my existing programming? • What's the difference between workforce development vs. post-program placement • How can I integrate workforce development into my programming?

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Civilian Climate Corps: Collaborating with Non-Profits to Expand Capacity and Improve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Executive Order 14008 Section 215 directed the Secretary of the Interior, in collaboration with the Secretary of Agriculture and the heads of other relevant agencies to create a Civilian Climate Corps Initiative, within existing appropriations, to mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers and maximize the creation of accessible training opportunities and good jobs. The initiative aims to conserve and restore public lands and waters, bolster community resilience, increase reforestation, increase carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protect biodiversity, improve access to recreation, and address the changing climate. This session will address actions the Forest Service is taking to address climate change while providing accessible training opportunities and jobs.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Breakout Sessions with Your State Department of Transportation 

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) that supports State and local governments in overseeing funding used for various federal-aid programs for the construction and maintenance of trail and transportation projects. Through financial assistance to the USDOTs, FHWA supports a number of grant programs - such as the Recreational Trails Program - and has been a longtime advocate of Corps partnerships on transportation projects. This workshop is recommended for attendees who are looking to pursue new partnerships with their state DOT or looking to strengthen existing relationships. Following an introduction from FHWA, the workshop will divide into breakout rooms with participating state representatives who will meet and greet with the Corps who serve in their state. Attendees will have opportunities to learn more about state-specific grant programs, project priorities, and discuss ways to strengthen corps engagement on trail and transportation projects. Takeaways will include gaining new state DOT contacts and strategies on how to be competitive in the next federal aid grant cycle. If your state representative is not present, attendees are still welcome to join any breakout session of their choice. Participating state DOT representatives will be announced soon.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

Top Ten Attributes for Inspired Leadership

A panel of five of the nation’s most inspirational corps leaders share their collective knowledge and experience of the 10 most valuable attributes a member can bring to their Corps community. Whether participants want to simply grow personally or are interested in moving into a leader or staff position, the session would focus on what it takes to be a positive influence on those around you and motivate others toward success.

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

Virtual Filmscreening: Since I Been Down

The Film, "Since I Been Down", tells the story of a community profoundly impacted by US policies in the 1990s which label kids super-predators leading to outcomes of poverty, dead-end prospects for thriving in school and in life, and to outcomes such as committing violent crimes and spending life in prison. The film, told by the people who have lived these conditions, unravels intimate stories from interviews brought to life through archival footage, cinema verité discussions, masquerade, and dance, unravelling why children commit violent crime and how these children – now adults – are breaking free from their fate by creating a model of justice that is transforming their lives our humanity and a quality of life for all our children.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Emerging Corps Session

This session is an open, interactive discussion among TCN staff and Emerging Corps staff on issues of importance to emerging Corps. The session will be tailored to the needs of the participants. In the past, topics have included member recruitment and retention, member training, funding sources, accreditation issues, fee-for-service projects, and other topics.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

"Corps 4.0" Evaluation: Before-After/Control-Impact (BACI) Outcomes of Conservation Corps Projects on Public Land

As we enter into participating Corps' 2022 project season, this session will serve as a roundtable discussion for the coalition before data collection on 2022 projects begins. Points of discussion will include project status, evaluation design, and addressing, as a group, frequently asked questions by participating corps during the project summary and evaluation set-up processes. Corps participating in the 4.0 evaluation are encouraged to complete the online form for their 2022 project summaries in advance of this meeting.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Discussing the Next Generation Climate Workforce

A goal of a national Civilian Climate Corps initiative is to not only complete projects, but train young people for careers in climate readiness. The White House’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis calls for a CCC “to mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers.”
What exactly is a “green job” or a “resilience worker”? Are Corps providing training opportunities and project experience that align with the needs of today’s conservation or “green economy” employers? In this session, moderator Jane Oates, President of WorkingNation, will speak with workforce development professionals and leaders from several sectors to discuss career pathways, job trends, and employer needs in fields like conservation, resource management, and outdoor recreation. Attendees will leave this session with a deeper understanding of the emerging career opportunities that, with the right partnerships and education, can await Corps alums.

  This session includes:
-Corpsmember of the Year Speech: Brianna Free, California Conservation Corps

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Building Bridges to Implement a Successful Civilian Climate Corps

The Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps (PCCC) was created in December 2021, following the passage of Build Back Better in the House, as a non-partisan collection of organizations working toward successfully and sustainably implementing a national service corps to address the climate crisis head on, while preparing the next generation for career pathways in conservation, disaster resilience, and the rapidly growing clean energy economy. A bold, multifaceted Civilian Climate Corps will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build on ramps to climate and energy sector jobs, address environmental justice, and help communities build resilience. The PCCC is led by The Corps Network, Service Year Alliance, America’s Service Commissions, with additional steering committee members representing the environmental and conservation community, environmental justice organizations, state and local government entities, workforce development leaders, businesses, opportunity youth organizations, higher education institutions, and youth outreach organizations. Over the past several months, the PCCC has been working with steering committee members to coordinate with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies to plan for effective and sustainable implementation of the CCC. This session will open a dialogue with corps to discuss how they can contribute to and shape the work of the PCCC.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Four Perspectives on Measuring Climate Action

Conservation Corps have historically measured the number of miles, hours, members, and acres, but given the complex nature of climate change and its impacts on a variety of ecosystems and communities, we must define new measurements to address work with high impact. How can we effectively communicate around climate action from the data we collect? How do we measure community resilience, and what does that mean to different groups? What should conservation corps prepare to measure as the link between climate change and environmental justice issues become increasingly evident? Join a facilitated panel representing a range of perspectives, including a federal agency partner, a state agency partner, a small conservation corps staff member, and a nonprofit partner. A facilitator from SCA will lead introductions and probing questions to kick-off the conservation. Using in-session chat in Zoom, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of panelists and share their perspectives on the questions.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Climate Ready Infrastructure: Wastewater Treatment, Stormwater Management, and Stream Restoration as Climate Resilience Projects and Career Pathways

Communities, both large and small, have already felt the impact of climate-fueled superstorms. As we look to a future where these intense downpours become more frequent, work is needed to both shore up drinking and stormwater infrastructure and establish the future workforce in these fields. For Corps and Corpsmembers, this provides an opportunity to pursue service projects and careers in the fields of wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and stream restoration. This workshop will engage former public works staff and current workforce development programs as they discuss funding models, strategic partnerships, licensures requirements, and program models that support Corps engagement in their fields.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Getting to know your Urban Refuge Program

Did you know there is a national wildlife refuge located within a one-hour drive of most U.S. metropolitan areas? The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP) offers gateways for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to improve access and engagement of new audiences into outdoor recreation and conservation while addressing individual conservation issues that affect local communities. The goal of UWCP is to build the next generation of conservationists through its unique engagement models and partnerships. This workshop will host a panel of UWCP representatives from the refuge, regional, and national level to provide program overviews, contracting and grant resources, partnership strategies, and Corps project examples. This workshop is intended for those with minimal experience working with refuge sites and would like to learn more about the diversity of projects and services that go beyond wetland restoration or trail work.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Mission Possible: How to Manage a One-Person Grant Office

Urban Corps has over 32 years of experience with hundreds of non-profit and municipality partners. While grant revenue is around 15% of the current $13 million dollar budget, the organization has a grant office of only one individual. An office of one - is that even possible? How do they think you can research, write, submit, track and manage all these grants? Join Lauren Welch, Development Director of Urban Corps of San Diego County, to discuss the pros and the cons of being a low-capacity grant shop as well as her10 top suggestions for grant success! There will be time for the group to share additional suggestions for grant writer self-care and of course, to vent your frustrations.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Closing Session: Corpsmember Perspectives on the Future of Corps

Young adult voices must play a leadership role in defining the future of our work for Corps to remain impactful and relevant drivers of social change. This session will engage Corpsmembers of the Year in conversation about how organizations can prioritize and emphasize youth leadership in decision making, program design, and strategic vision. Join our session moderator, CJ Goulding, as we explore what young leaders want to see in a Civilian Climate Corps.

This session includes:
– Corpsmember of the Year Speech: Aaron Conner, Southeast Conservation Corps.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local workforce development, community service, and conservation leaders. Attendees include Corpsmembers and Corps staff; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.
The Civilian Climate Corps is a concept to revive the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the New Deal Era to engage today's young adults in addressing 21st century environmental challenges. The Biden Administration included a vision for a Civilian Climate Corps in their Build Back Better framework which is currently before Congress.
This event is virtual. We hope to resume our in-person conference in 2023.
Yes, we are excited to announce that the 2022 National Conference will include a track for Corpsmembers and Corps Alumni.
In addition to our plenary sessions and keynote speeches, Corpsmembers and Corps Alumni will have access to workshops, networking events, and pre-recorded content specifically geared toward future career opportunities and broadening one’s understanding of the Corps ecosystem.
Corps interested in extending this opportunity to their members and alumni will be able to add the Corpsmember Package to their registration for a flat rate of $300. The Corpsmember & Alumni sessions will take place on Tuesday, April 5. More information to come.
Yes, registration is required along with a registration fee. There are group rates available for organizations interested in sending a large cohort of attendees. The fee schedule is below:
Individual: Member Organization of The Corps Network $150
Individual: Non-Member Organization $200
Group: Corpsmember Block $300
Group: Member Organization of The Corps Network $600
The Corps Network serves as the national association of Service and Conservation Corps. Member organizations operate Corps programs and/or successfully complete the member application process. To inquire your organization’s membership status, please contact conference@corpsnetwork.org.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet. Sessions will be run via the Zoom platform. You can join using your internet browser or download the zoom application here.
General questions, not related to technology or the conference platform, can be directed to conference@corpsnetwork.org