Established in 1985, The Corps Network is the voice of the nation's 100+ Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in every state and the District of Columbia, Corps annually enroll more than 26,000 young men and women in service every year. Corps annually mobilize approximately 289,000 community volunteers who in conjunction with Corpsmembers generate 13.5 million hours of service every year. Today's Corps, inheritors of the legacy of FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps, enable Corpsmembers to improve community and the environment through programs including Civic Justice Corps, Public Lands Corps, Clean Energy Service Corps, and Corps Respond. By serving their nation, Corpsmembers gain abilities that last a lifetime, including work readiness, educational advancement, civic engagement, and the ability to make responsible choices.
Over the past 25 years, The Corps Network has played a key role in shaping and securing passage of two pieces of national service legislation, has achieved a respected status nationally in the youth development field, and has been an active participant in environmental policymaking and the development of environmental legislation related to Corps.
The Corps Network is committed to establishing opportunities for Corps to access "fee for service" and obtain grants and contracts on the federal level through legislation on National Service, Workforce Development, Juvenile Justice, Education, Public Lands and the Environment, Disaster Preparedness and Relief, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Tribal Programs, Energy, Transportation, Agriculture and other federal programs.