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Corps have long been engaged in conservation and ecosystem management and restoration projects in urban communities and on public lands.
Corps of The Corps Network have extensive experience in youth education, workforce development and green infrastructure project completion all across the country. As federal, state, and local government, look to improve their water infrastructure, and utilities look to replace an aging workforce – Corps offer a replicable model and sustainable partnership opportunities that accomplish multiple goals.
Existing Corps can be easily incorporated into ongoing and planned infrastructure projects in a variety of project-based, education, and community outreach capacities, and new Corps could be created through innovative partnerships with interested state and local governments or non-profits.
Published July 01, 2012
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The National Park Service (NPS) Park Facility Maintenance Division (PFMD) conducted a project analysis to determine how the costs of engaging a conservation corps to accomplish cyclic maintenance activities at national parks compared with the costs of using contractor or NPS crews.
This study of youth corps used an experimental design in order to compare the experiences of youth corps members with those of similar individuals who applied to the program over the same time period (June 2006 through July 2007) but who were randomly assigned to a control group. The study team used a two stage process to create a sample for the study.
The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the impact of the Corps experience on participants in terms of targeted outcomes (e.g., civic engagement, leadership, etc.), their intentions to pursue additional education, and their confidence to obtain employment. Statistically significant increases were observed across all outcome measures in contrast to the general population comparison group.