National Conference


Conference Overview

Happening in Washington, DC, February 12 - 15, 2017

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
Moving Forward Together: Promoting Racial, Environmental & Community Equity

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.


Click here to register*

*Please note that Valentine's Day falls during the 2017 National Conference. Please make your Tuesday, 2/14/17 dinner reservations as soon as possible, before restuarants book up. 

Early Registration ends November 30, 2016. Regular Registration begins December 1, 2016. Same day registration will be available, though attendees are encouraged to register ahead. See below for rates. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Bobby Tillett, Member Services Coordinator. 



The Corps Network 2017 National Conference will take place at The Fairmont, located at 2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

January 16, 2017 is the deadline to book your room in our block. As of October 1, 2016, the government per diem rate is $182 for a single and/or double room. 

Important Note on Wi-Fi in the Hotel
Guests of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will enjoy High Speed Internet connectivity in their guest room if they enroll in Fairmont President’s Club prior to their arrival via Wireless Internet access is available in all public areas in the lobby lounge.

Click here to learn more and book your room



The Corps Network invites your support of our 2017 National Conference. Our Conference is the premiere annual gathering of America’s Service and Conservation Corps.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship

To speak directly with someone about sponsorship, please contact Bobby Tillett, Lead Event Coordinator for the National Conference, at or by calling 202.737.6272



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]

Dorell Boyd*
Citizens Conservation Corps - West Virginia 
* 21CSC Corpsmember of the Year

Michael Hendricks
Greencorps Chicago - Illinois

Kalef Jones
PowerCorpsPHL - Pennsylvania

Amanda Mathias
Mile High Youth Corps - Colorado

Leticia Rocha
SEEDS - Michigan 

Shay Wilson
Virginia Service and Conservation Corps - Virginia


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
Green City Force - New York

IUCN World Conservation Congress Youth Engagement
Kupu - Hawaii

ASL Inclusion Young Adult Crew
Northwest Youth Corps - Oregon/Washington

Job Corps Wildland Fire Program
U.S. Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers - Nationwide


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]

Thomas Hark
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps - Vermont 

Carolyn Thompson-Wallace
IYO, New Jersey Youth Corps of Newark and Essex County - New Jersey


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]
Learn more about the award
[Nominations were due December 9, 2016]