Last month was Women in History month. In recognition of this month-long celebration, our amazing partners at The Corps Network did an informative piece for Huffington Post Blog. They reached out to women within the conservation world who literally blaze trails: the women of Conservation Corps.
We are thrilled that some of the women on our ACE staff as well as some of our female crew leaders and crews were quoted and shown throughout this article.
Thank you to our staff that contributed to this wonderful article: Director of California, Sarah Miggins, National Restoration Program Manager Afton McKusick, Crew Leaders, Jenny Diamond and Krish Karau, photo of corps member, Kyia Foster, Photojournalist, Jessica Plance, Director of Communications, Susie Jardine, President/CEO, Christopher Baker.
ACE’s National Restoration Program Manager, Afton Mckusick had the great honor of meeting Arizona Senator, John McCain, and Chief Executive Officer of The Corps Network (TCN), Mary Ellen Sprenkel, at the Corps Network Conference that was held last week in Washington DC.
Afton was recipient of TCN’s Corpsmember of the Year award in 2006.
Six ACE staff members are currently in Washington D.C. attending The Corps Network Conference. Representing ACE this year are Director of Utah, Jake Powell; Southeast Director, Adam Scherm; Director of California Operations, Eric Robertson; AmeriCorps Program Coordinator-California, Carolyn Getschow; National AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Bradley Hunter; and National Restoration Program Manager, Afton Mckusick.The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.
The latest edition of The Corps Network Crew Leader features an interview with Michael Muckle, the Director of the New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg. In the interview Michael talks about his excitement about developing a partnership with ACE, in particular putting ‘Waders In The Water’ trained corps members to work in New Jersey. The nationally recognized Waders in the Water training provides corps members with the skills and capacity to professionally complete aquatic restoration projects while preparing them for careers in the private restoration industry. Trout Headwaters Inc provides ACE Corps Members with the ‘Waders in the Water’ training that is instrumental to the project.
We at ACE are also very excited to be a part of this partnership, and to work alongside the corps members of the New Jersey Youth Corps. ACE and New Jersey Youth Corps are currently working side by side on the Mullica River headlands restoration project in New Jersey, planting native plant species.
Over the last 10 years, ACE has been fortunate to have developed an amazing and ever-growing list of partners and affiliates. This week we would like to showcase our relationship with our partners and our place in The Corps Network.
ACE’s success is due in part to our supportive and generous partners, and in recognition of this we currently have a delegation of key staff and a board member representing ACE at The Corps Networks National Conference in Washington D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Tackling America’s Greatest Challenges’ and in attendance are national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from Federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement. Joining these attendees are ACE founder and President Chris Baker, Board Member Brad Bippus, and ACE staff from around the country.
North Carolina Director Adam Shcerm, National Internship Associate Director Hannah Wendel, National Americorps Manager Brad Hunter, and California Director Keith Trainor at The Corps Network Conference
With over 100 members that operate across all of the United States and the District of Columbia, The Corps Network is a leader in our nation’s corps movement.
The Corps Network enrolls over 26,000 corps members annually, supporting youth and young adults by connecting them with a national network of Corps programs to foster education through a service-learning environment. Encouraging innovation, developing strategies in youth and young adult development, and resource conservation are among the many goals of The Corps Network.
Americorps Program Supervisor Ben Pohl, California Director of Operations Eric Robertson, and North Carolina Director Adam Scherm at The Corps Network Conference, Washington DC.
This overall mission of The Corps Network is to “Provide critical leadership to the Corps movement and to our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps as they harness the power of youth and young adults to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges and transform their own lives.”
This mission, as well as the principles of The Corps Network, serve as a guide for American Conservation Experience as we stand in solidarity with our partner to “strengthen America through Service and Conservation”. We plan to share further details of the conference’s findings once our colleagues return.
ACE is proud to be a member of The Corps Network. For more information on The Corps Network please visit their website at: www.corpsnetwork.org.