American Eagle Outfitters

American Eagle Outfitters

As a national sponsor of SCA, AE empowers college students from all over the country to take action to conserve our environment. As the initial sponsor of SCA’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program in spectacular locations like the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park, adventure-seeking volunteers make a difference while making memories that last a lifetime. College-aged students performed a range of projects from removing invasive species to repairing and building new trails. Through AE Better World, American Eagle Outfitters’ year-round philanthropy program, the SCA also conducts recruiting activities on nearly 150 college campuses and in high schools nationwide.

“At American Eagle Outfitters, our mantra is Live Your Life, and we believe the SCA helps young people do just that,” states Marcie Eberhart, director of the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation. “It is a powerful partnership with tremendous potential.”

In addition to ASB, hundreds of teenage volunteers in five U.S. cities helped revitalize urban parks nationwide. Sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters, and in partnership with SCA, the I Heart this City initiative debuted in Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, DC. SCA members and participants from partnering community organizations and school groups engaged in projects ranging from building hiking trails to removing invasive species and cultivating urban farms.

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Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, SCA and American Eagle Outfitters are bringing love to urban greenspaces across the country with a series of major service events called “HeART this City.” Native plants will be planted, massive murals will be painted, and hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to #servetheplanet.
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On January 8th, at the memorial dedicated to the president who founded the Civilian Conservation Corps, SCA members and alumni joined U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in announcing a $1 million pledge from American Eagle Outfitters to launch the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

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There’s a reason I keep coming back to the SCA. The work is rewarding, the food is delicious, and the locations are beautiful. But all those factors combined cannot trump the best the SCA has to offer: its people.

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Callahan Mayer-Marks is 17 and hails from Tacoma Parks, MD.  She served on a community crew last year but ever since her older sister came back from a national crew with some amazing pictures from Oregon, Callahan has wanted to venture further from home.  Based on her letter below, this will not be her last SCA experience:

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If you’re in New York this month, make sure to check out this awesome Alternative Spring Break billboard at the American Eagle Outfitters store in Times Square. The 15,000 square foot LED display will run images from Alternative Spring Break four times per hour for the entire month of March. Thanks to American Eagle Outfitters for giving us some bright lights in the big city!

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