Posted in Environment, Politics, tagged budget cuts, Community Service, conservation corps, green jobs, jobs, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Conservation Corps, unemployment, young people, Youth, youth unemployment on May 31, 2011 |
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Over the past 27 years, nearly 15,000 young Pennsylvania citizens have served in the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps. Aged from 18-25, these individuals have gained valuable work skills, helped bolster their communities through a variety of conservation and disaster relief related projects, and gone on to become productive members of the workforce. Now, however, the program that served as a confidence builder and stepping stone for so many young people has been targeted for elimination.
In an effort to address a $10.4 billion state budget debt, Pennsylvania politicians have decided that eliminating funding for a program that has an approximate budget of $4.6 million dollars will be a step in the right direction (or, for those keeping track, making up for approximately 0.04% of the budget shortfall) . There are people like myself who hope that this does not happen because we think the benefits provided by the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps far outweighs its costs, especially for the 250+ people the program enrolls annually.
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Posted in Energy, Environment, tagged California Conservation Corps, Civilian Conservation Corps, Coconino Rural Environment Corps, Community Service, conservation corps, energy efficiency, Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, National Service, NYC Justice Corps, Operation Fresh Start, Phipps CDC, recycling, retrofitting, The Corps Network, trail work, Utah Conservation Corps, weatherization on February 4, 2011 |
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Each year The Corps Network honors Service and Conservation Corpsmembers whose accomplishments and personal stories exemplify the positive role that Corps serve for individuals and communities nationwide.
As a member organization, we proudly represent over 150 organizations that operate in a total of 46 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 33,000 young men and women join these organizations each year so that they can make a difference. They work on a broad range of projects, viewing themselves as the modern legacy-bearers of the legendary Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
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