Minnesota Conservation Corps
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
Conservation Corps Minnesota has set priorities through its strategic plan to utilize AmeriCorps members to engage diverse youth, mobilize more volunteers and expand service activities to include energy efficiency and community outreach. The strong partnership with ServeMinnesota and AmeriCorps allows the Conservation Corps to engage AmeriCorps members in meeting new community needs as well as continuing our legacy of natural resource service. The Conservation Corps has a long history and proven track record of engaging young people in hands-on environmental stewardship. We look forward to continuing this tradition while increasing accessibility to the outdoors for all people and preserving the delicate balance of nature. Currently, the Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program provides four types of service opportunities for AmeriCorps members. In our Summer Youth Corps, AmeriCorps members lead crews of high school youth from across Minnesota who primarily complete their service in rural areas statewide. In the Youth Outdoors program, AmeriCorps members lead crews of low-income, high school youth from metropolitan areas who complete their service in urban communities. The third AmeriCorps role is collaborating with the MN Department of Natural Resources to recruit and manages volunteer to clean up lakes and rivers statewide and conduct scenic easement assessments to protect natural river corridors. Finally, the newest AmeriCorps opportunity is service in the Home Energy Squads. This new program provides home-energy efficiency services for local residents, thereby reducing carbon footprints and energy bills. The Conservation Corps is committed to service opportunities that meet real community needs by engaging a diverse population of AmeriCorps members, youth participants and community volunteers. In total, we propose 49 MSY (15 FT and 68 HT) be engaged in environmental service through the Conservation Corps. This total includes an expansion of 3 MSY that will be engaged in home energy-energy efficiency service.