|19 November 2013
GSA Release No. 13-78
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
Geological Society of America Partners for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
The 21CSC will accomplish critical restoration work while providing training opportunities and work experience to youth and veterans in across the United States.
Boulder, Colorado, USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced recently that The Geological Society of America is one of 91 initial organizations nationwide that have been approved as member organizations to help implement the Obama Administration’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). The 21CSC is a national collaborative effort to put America’s youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s natural and cultural resources.
“We are extremely excited about receiving 21CSC recognition,” said Matthew Dawson, Education and Outreach Program Officer, upon learning of GSA’s inclusion in the initial group of 91 organizations. “As a 21CSC member organization, we look forward to continue working with our partners at the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and other agencies to provide even more enriching work experiences for young people while supporting the mission of those who manage America’s amazing public lands.”
Since 1997, GSA’s GeoCorps America program (www.geosociety.org/geocorps) has placed over 850 participants in short-term geoscience projects on public lands throughout the United States, including Bureau of Land Management sites, National Parks, and National Forests. Founded in 2013, the new Mosaics in Science program (www.geosociety.org/mosaics) annually places 12-15 participants in multidisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects at National Parks. Mosaics in Science has a significant focus on reaching out to members of groups that are underrepresented among National Park Service staff and visitors, especially in STEM fields.
The 21CSC engages young Americans aged 15-25, and veterans up to age 35. Through the 21CSC, young people and veterans will accomplish meaningful work, gaining important personal and professional skills and builds a lifelong connection to the outdoors.
All 21CSC participants gain skills, and deliver results that include enhancing recreational opportunities and access, protecting wildlife, restoring impaired watersheds, removing invasive species, increasing energy efficiency, preserving historic or cultural sites, enhancing community spaces, coordinating volunteers, supporting monitoring or data needs, responding to natural disasters, reducing hazardous fuels and protecting communities from wildfire.
Increasing diversity and expanding opportunities for all youth and veterans are core 21CSC principles: all 21CSC member organizations emphasize diversity and inclusion, and the 21CSC National Council will focus in the coming months on recruiting additional member organizations, targeting new programs in diverse areas, and investing in training and career pathways for a diverse group of participants.
The 21CSC is supported by the federal 21CSC National Council, which includes members from USDA, DOI, the Corporation for National and Community Service [CNCS], the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality, and by the Partnership for the 21CSC, which was launched in June of 2013 as a collaborative group to support the 21CSC.
For the Federal Register notice inviting letters of interest and outlining the eight principles, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-01/html/2013-15644.htm
For more information, visit the partner-hosted website www.21csc.org.
The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.