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2020 Corpsmember of the Year Nomination Form
Background Information

About the Award:

Every year, at The Corps Network’s National Conference in Washington, DC, we honor a select group of exceptional Corpsmembers from our member Service and Conservation Corps. These young adults have exceeded the expectations of their Corps by exhibiting outstanding leadership skills and demonstrating an earnest commitment to service and civic engagement. The Corpsmembers of the Year are role models; their personal stories and accomplishments are an inspiration to Corpsmembers nationwide.

As a member organization, we proudly represent over 130 organizations that operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 25,000 young adults join these organizations each year so that they can make a difference. They serve on a broad range of projects, viewing themselves as the modern legacy-bearers of the legendary Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Unquestionably, all 25,000 of these young adults who serve have fascinating stories to tell. The Corpsmember of the Year Award is our way of recognizing how Corps, and the actions of these young individuals, make a positive impact in our communities and in the lives of others.

For all Corpsmembers of the Year, The Corps Network covers conference registration, lodging at the Conference hotel from Friday, February 7, 2020 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020, and up to $1000 for travel including airfare, baggage fees, ground transportation, and food and beverage. 

Why Submit a Nomination?

Corpsmembers of the Year…
  • Visit the Nation’s Capital, where they’ll explore monuments and museums, meet members of Congress, and participate in the largest annual gathering of Corps 
  • Network with professionals in conservation, workforce development, education, and resource management 
  • Have their story and achievements shared on a national scale
  • Meet other young people from Corps across the country
  • Gain public speaking experience
  • Will receive a monetary award in the amount of $


Any additional questions regarding the Corpsmember of the Year Award should be directed to Hannah Traverse at htraverse@corpsnetwork.org.
To Apply

Application Requirements

  • Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, November 1, 2019. No late applications will be accepted. 
  • If Corpsmembers are not currently serving, they must have served as a Corpsmember or in another non-staff position (e.g. Crew Leader) for some portion of calendar year 2019.
  • Each Corps is limited to submitting one nomination.
  • The same Corps cannot win a Corpsmember of the Year award in two consecutive years.
  • Nominating Corps must be a Service and Conservation Corps Member of The Corps Network. Affiliates and AmeriCorps Basic Members may not apply.

Characteristics of a Corpsmember of the Year*

  • Corpsmembers who are leaders in their Corps and communities
  • Corpsmembers who are role models
  • Corpsmembers who exceeded the expectations of their Corps
  • Corpsmembers who leveraged their Corps experiences for post-Corps success
  • *NOTE: One of the Corpsmembers of the Year will be named a "21CSC Corpsmember of the Year” for their experience serving on public lands and exemplifying the 21CSC initiative’s vision of engaging more young adults in conservation and preservation

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To be Completed by Corps Staff

Staff Person Contact Information

Corps & Corpsmember Background

Narrative Questions
Please answer the following questions in detail. There is no word limit, but a suggested word count is about 100 - 400 words for each answer

Nominee Photos

To Be Completed by Corpsmember

Corpsmember Contact Information

Narrative Questions
Please answer the following questions in detail. There is no word limit, but a suggested word count is about 100 - 400 words for each answer

Expectations & Requirements

Corpsmember of the Year Applicant
Should my nomination be accepted, I agree to the following expectations and requirements:
  • Attend the entire Conference and be an active participant
  • Deliver a speech about my Corps experience at the Conference.
  • Participate in both TCN's Board meeting as well as special workshop on Saturday, February 8, 2020 as part of The Corps Network’s Moving Forward Initiative. 
  • Participate in a meeting on the morning of Sunday, February 9, 2020 with other Corpsmembers of the Year to review the agenda, get to know each other and practice speeches
  • Participate in three separate 1-hour-long conference calls in preparation for the Conference
  • Visit Members of Congress on TCN's “Hill Day,” Wednesday, February 12, 2020. 
  • Be actively engaged in the Corps movement after the Conference
Nominating Corps
Should our nomination be accepted, the Corps agrees to the following expectations and requirements:
  • To send at least one staff person to the Conference to serve as the Corpsmember's champion. Note: The Corps Network does not provide funds for travel or Conference registration for Corps staff
  • To work with The Corps Network to schedule meetings with Members of Congress on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • To ensure the Corpsmember of the Year participates in all required Conference programming (i.e. please do not schedule off-site responsibilities for Corpsmembers during required National Conference events)
  • To ensure the Corpsmembers' safety during the Conference