Modern day Conservation Corps were born from the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s, which was set up as a public work relief program during President Roosevelt’s term. Today, there are many opportunities throughout the country to work with conservation corps doing a variety of outdoor environmental service work.
A list of Corps by state can be found at the Corps Network website.
CorpsTHAT supports conservation corps with American Sign Language Inclusion Crews programs or Corps that are interested in becoming more inclusive for Deaf and Hard of Hearing corps members. Here is a list of Conservation Corps with current ASL inclusion programs:
Northwest Youth Corps (NYC)– American Sign Language Inclusion Crews
Located in Eugene, Oregon with crews working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Northern California. NYC has ASL Inclusion Crews Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and young adults ages 15 to 26 years old.
Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa (CCM)– Summer Youth Corps
The Summer Youth Corps at CCM is run out of Hinckley, Minnesota but has work projects all over the state as well as in Wisconsin, North Dakota and Michigan. CCM’s summer youth program serves Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing youth 15 to 18 year olds.
Rocky Mountain Youth Conservation Corps (RMYC)– American Sign Language Crews
For the Summer of 2016, RMYC partnered with the Sign Language Academy of Albuquerque to run their first ASL Crews for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing youth. Their crews works all over the state of New Mexico. They are working to partner with the Sign Language Academy of Albuquerque and New Mexico School for the Deaf for the 2017 summer season.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)– American Sign Language Crews
From Richmond, VT, VYCC lead their first ASL Crew in Summer of 2016. On the crew, Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing youth worked together to complete work projects around the state of Vermont.
Many other conservation corps have worked or are currently working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and young adults. Please contact us directly if there is a Conservation Corps you are interested in working that is not listed here.