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American YouthWorks' Environmental Corps

Environmental Corps (E-Corps) is an exciting and energetic American YouthWorks program which allows youth, ages 17 to 25, to contribute to the restoration and preservation of parks and public lands in Texas.

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American YouthWorks' Environmental Corps

  1. 1. American YouthWorks’ Environmental Corps An AmeriCorps Program service
  2. 2. E-Corps’ Beliefs • E-corps believes in building better service communities and productive lives through service. • Our goal is to provide quality service while educating our members on contemporary environmental concerns. • Each graduating member of E-corps will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, work ethic, and experience to enable them to become stewards to their community and valuable members of the American workforce. 11/4/2009 2
  3. 3. More Than Just a Job • Service Learning: The integration of service meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enhance the working and learning experience. 11/4/2009 3
  4. 4. Steps of Service Learning • 1) Corps members have an educational service connection to the project they are working on. e.g. opportunities to learn about environmental ed., civic engagement, independent living, career development, healthy living and leadership. • 2) Corps members are not just a source of labor, they are encouraged to provide input and evaluations. • 3)Corps Members reflect on the service they provide and the positive impacts of their work on the environment and for the community. 11/4/2009 4
  5. 5. Experience • E-Corps has provided quality conservation services for 15 years and has graduated more than 1000 members from our program. service • At our disposal is a staff with years of conservation work experience and are certified in herbicide application, arboriculture, and Wilderness First Response. 11/4/2009 5
  6. 6. service Experience Mr. John Hibbitts, Master Stone Mason 11/4/2009 6
  7. 7. What We Can Do Co n s t r u c t i o n service Fo r e str y T r a i l B u i l d i n g T r e e P l a n t i n g T r a i l D e s i g n & L a y o u t Nu r s e r y Wo r k S t a i r s & R e t a i n i n g Wa l l s P r u n i n g , M u l c h i n g & B r i d g e s & A r m o r e d Cr o s s i n g s F e r t iliz a t io n M a i n t e n a n c e & R e p a i r G P S I n v e n t o r y Na t u r a l S u r fa c e , A D A , e t c . B e n c h e s & K i o s k s  Wa t e r w a y m a i n t e n a n c e Wa t e r s h e d Ma n a g e m e n t Cr e a t e I n t e r p r e t i v e E r o s i o n Co n t r o l & B a n k Br och u r es R e st o r a t io n Ch e c k D a m s & S w a l e s A q u i fe r R e c h a r g e -F e a t u r e La n d & R a n g e Ma n a g e m e n t R e st o r a t io n B r u s h M a n a g e m e n t & F u e l We t P o n d M a i n t e n a n c e Br ea ks Wa t e r Q u a l i t y M o n i t o r i n g P r e s c r i b e d B u r n i n g a n d Cr e e k Cl e a n -Up s P r ep. P a t r o l l i n g P a r k l a n d  H e r b ic id e Ap p lic a t io n Ho r tic u ltu r e / B o ta n y Co m m u n i t y Ed u c a t i o n I n v a s i v e S p e c i e s r e m o v a l S c h o o l a n d Co m m u n i t y P l a n t i n g s a n d M a i n t e n a n c e Ga r d e n s S e e d Co l l e c t i o n T r a i l B u i l d i n g Wo r k s h o p s G r e e n h o u s e Wo r k Wa t e r s h e d M o d e l F l o r a S u r v e y s a n d S t u d i e s De m o n st r a t io n s V o l u n t e e r M a n a g e m e n t
  8. 8. service Examples of Our Work Boardwalk Construction Trail construction, design and maintenance 11/4/2009 8
  9. 9. service Examples of Our Work Cedar Fencing Retaining walls 11/4/2009 9
  10. 10. service Examples of Our Work Masonry and Drainage Structures Erosion Control 11/4/2009 10
  11. 11. service Examples of Our Work Waterway Maintenance Chainsaw 11/4/2009 11
  12. 12. service Examples of Our Work Tree Planting, Community improvement Grip-Hoist Work and Gardening 11/4/2009 12
  13. 13. service Examples of Our Work Volunteer Coordination and Granite Trail Construction 11/4/2009 13
  14. 14. Structure of Our Crews Crew Members 6-8 Members per crew service Crew Leaders Two Trained Member Leaders per crew Professional Staff Oversees each crew and provides technical and leadership assistance when needed on site Managing Staff Administration 11/4/2009 14
  15. 15. Our Crews – Graduate – Local crews, which are also capable of traveling and serving on residential “Spikes.” These service crews are comprised of Americorps members from around the nation who have graduated from High School, College, or have obtained their GED – Trails Across Texas – A residential crew contracted to travel and complete trail construction and maintenance projects for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. – Summer Youth Crews– Crews primarily made up of students from American YouthWorks’ Charter High School and are currently working towards obtaining their GED’s or diplomas. 11/4/2009 15
  16. 16. service Our Crews Continued – MACC & SCC – Similar to our Local Crews, MACC & SCC are comprised of graduates from around the nation. These positions are a result of partnerships formed with The Mountain Alliance of Conservation Corps and Southwest Conservation Corps. Furthermore, these Crews operate under a National Directe Americorps grant and have the ability to perform service outside the state of Texas. 11/4/2009 16
  17. 17. Opportunities for Our Members • Blacksmithing and Masonry service Apprentice Training 11/4/2009 17
  18. 18. Opportunities for Our Members • Crew Leader Development Program service (Sponsored by REI) • Internships • El Ranchito Conservation Camp youth mentoring positions • Spike Trips • Educational Experiences • Volunteer Management. 11/4/2009 18
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  31. 31. For information on how to join or to hire a service crew please call us at 512-744-1945 or send an E-mail to 11/4/2009 31