AmeriCorps

The Student Conservation Association has worked with Americorps since 1993 -- on projects like this accessible trail ramp.

AmeriCorps

SCA has proudly partnered with AmeriCorps since this national service program began in 1994. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.  AmeriCorps partners recruit, train, and place AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Whether improving schools, fighting poverty, rebuilding after disasters, providing health services, preserving the environment, or supporting veterans and military families, AmeriCorps members get things done.  Over the past two decades, AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Learn more about SCA AmeriCorps programs and opportunities. We encourage our agency partners to learn more about AmeriCorps program requirements

Number of SCA Americorps members since 1994: 19,063. Total Number of house served by SCA Americorps members since 1994: 10,406,055.
 

News, Stories & Projects

SCA Intern Chris Burgess is helping pull back the Key Largo woodrat from the brink of extinction

Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.

The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern and AmeriCorps member Chris Burgess. “They have big Mickey Mouse ears.”

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The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is complete for now, the Danger Six remain together and are willing to serve whenever they are needed.

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Davon Goodwin, SCA Alum at work with the Veterans Fire Corps

Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae.  Davon says recovering from his wounds was nearly as daunting as recovering his focus.

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This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
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After a refreshing winter holiday filled with sickness and catching up with my family, I am excited to get back to Hawley. It’s expected to snow the day I arrive and I feel as if this is a good omen for the next month and a half. I’m looking forward to getting back to our environmental education work which has turned out to be much more enjoyable than I originally thought.

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A 21st Century Conservation Service Corps

SCA is pleased to be an original member of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), which is putting America’s youth and returning veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s great outdoors. This important initiative is especially resonant to SCA, as both SCA and 21CSC were modeled on the Civilian Conservation Corps.