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Everyone who has ever participated in one of America’s Service and Conservation Corps has a story to tell. This book is a must read for anyone interested in enrolling in one of these programs, or who is simply looking for a source of inspiration. Featuring over 60 stories, Join the Crew showcases the personal growth, fun, and rewarding work experienced by members of Corps programs. Each year, over 27,000 teens and young adults across the country join Corps as a way to gain job skills through participating in service projects that improve communities and the natural environment. Join the Crew demonstrates how Corps programs benefit people like you and the natural places, parks and communities you love.

Helping Combat Youth Unemployment
Even as our country faces some of the highest youth unemployment rates in recent history, Corps programs help young men and women of diverse backgrounds gain meaningful employment, life skills, academic and career credentials, and so much more. Today’s Corps are the direct descendent of the Great Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps; one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s most successful New Deal initiatives to get young men back to work. The stories in Join the Crew show that Corps are alive and well and are an excellent option for young people interested in launching their careers.

The chapters in Join the Crew showcase stories of young people from all walks of life who joined Corps to build their resumes; to make a fresh start; to try something new (like wielding a chainsaw!); to help support their families; or to re-adjust to society after serving time. A special chapter written by Corpsmembers themselves adds additional insight into how transformational and influential Corps experiences can be.

A Long Term Impact
Jam-packed with photos and illustrations, Join the Crew will inspire you with the personal stories of young people who – even sometimes under very challenging circumstances – joined Corps, persevered during the most demanding times of their service, and went on to become wildland firefighters, business owners, conservation leaders, ironworkers, teachers, veterinarians, and even mentors to youth themselves.

70% of the sales of this book will help support the work of The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps that provides national leadership for the Corps Movement.
So what are you waiting for? Come on and JOIN THE CREW!

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