Service Corps

Service Corps

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Service Corps



Program
Overview

The Service Corps is a structured, six-to-ten-month full-time experience. GCF AmeriCorps members serve on average four days a week in the field in service, and one day a week in classroom training.

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Service

Corps Members gain hands-on experience through service as part of a Cohort serving under the supervision of GCF staff. Service initiatives respond to needs in public housing communities, cultivating and distributing fresh produce, building sustainable green infrastructure, and reaching residents with sustainability programs. Initiatives also include visits and service with environmental partner organizations.

 

Training

Classroom training includes eco-literacy and applied environmental education. Corps Members train for and take Roots of Success as well as site safety and the OSHA-40 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certification. Trainings ranging across agriculture, culinary, nutrition, community health, energy efficiency and solar power, green buildings and trades, recycling and compost processing prepare Corps Members with technical skills for a range of sustainable career pathways. Training offerings vary according to in-demand employment skills. Professional Development workshops build job interview, networking, and resume writing skills, while Personal Development sessions equip members with transferable and life skills.

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Support

Corps Members are engaged in a deep personal development journey throughout their term of service.

  • Corps Members are provided with social and emotional support through a combination of individual and group sessions facilitated by the GCF’s Support Services social work and youth development team.
  • Corps Members gain the opportunity to develop emotional processing, communication skills, advocacy skills, and other transferable life skills.
  • In navigating challenges, Corps Members are encouraged to bolster their general resilience and are provided necessary referrals to maximize their growth during the service term. The Support Services team is available to support GCF Corps Members even upon graduating, contact the team here.










Service
Initiatives


Corps Members drive initiatives across the city every day, building, educating, and serving fellow residents to make NYC public housing communities stronger, greener and healthier and save residents money.

Eco2 Hubs Powered By GCF

Eco2 Hubs are the next phase of GCF service, combining place-based investments with sustainability services.



Farms at NYCHA

GCF’s Service Corps builds and maintains urban farms in all five boroughs that serve as horticulture, agriculture and green infrastructure training grounds and grow organic produce for local residents. Farms host weekly farm stands, as well as regular community events and workshops, and have distributed over 150,000 lbs. of produce since 2013. GCF serves as backbone to this multi-partner effort.

 

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Love Where You Live

GCF’s flagship resident-to-resident education and action campaign has reached over 40,000 NYCHA residents since 2013. Corps Members distribute sustainability education and materials in partnership with NYCHA, City agencies, and nonprofits.





Service Corps



Corps
Benefits

GCF Corps Members receive:

  • Training, skills and certifications for careers in the green economy
  • Monthly stipend
  • Unlimited monthly Metrocard
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award for continuing your education and training
  • Wraparound supportive services
  • Career services post-graduation

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Graduate Testimonial

I’ve always been interested in horticulture, but I lacked the actual hands-on experience I felt was necessary to seriously get into the field.

Zaya Brown, Cohort 20, 2020 Graduate