2017 National Conference

Conference Overview

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
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.


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Workshop & Plenary Materials


Promoting Racial Equity in the Corps Movement (featuring Darlene Flynn)


Celebrating Strengths and Addressing Barriers in the Corpsmembers We Serve

Communities Aligned for Career Pathways

Corpsmember-Centered Learning

Cultural Landscapes, Public Lands, and the Importance of Perception

Developing the Next Generation of Community Leaders through Mentoring

Fierce Urgency of Now

Illustrated Guide to Federal Resume Writing

Recruitment Challenges and Strategies for Improvement

Social Impact Investing and Equitable Development

Transformational Leadership Through the Lens of Racial Equity



Thank you to The Corps Network’s 2017 National Conference Sponsors

Delaware North - Sponsor of the 2017 Corpsmembers of the Year
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Willis Towers Watson 
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Summit America
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The Federal Highway Administration 
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Conservation United 
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United States Forest Service 
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation
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CCC Legacy
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National Park Service
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Professional TrailBuilders Association
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National Park Foundation
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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]

National Distinction Awardees

Merlene Mazyck
U.S. Forest Service - National Office

George McDonald
National Park Service - National Office

Regional Champions of the Year

Calvert Curley
Bureau of Indian Affairs - Natural Resources Department, Navajo Regional Office

Lamar Gore
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Joni Packard
U.S. Forest Service - Northern Region

Carter Smith
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


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