Service Corps

Service Corps

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Service Corps


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


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Cohort 21
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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. Includes visits and service with environmental partner organizations.



Classroom training includes eco-literacy and applied environmental education. Corps Members train for and take the GPro (Green Building Professional) certification administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Trainings in agriculture, culinary skills and nutrition, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, pest management, recycling, compost processing, and hydroponics 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.

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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 Youth Development Social Work 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 social work team is available to support GCF corps members even upon graduating, contact the team here.


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 corps builds and maintains urban farms in four boroughs that serve as horticulture, agriculture and green infrastructure training grounds and grow organic produce for local residents. Farms host bi-weekly farm stands, community events, and workshops, and have distributed over 90,000 lbs. of produce since 2016. 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


Service Corps Members receive:

  • $1,200 monthly stipend
  • Unlimited monthly Metrocard
  • GCF Uniform
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, $3,000 – $4,300 for continuing your education and training (depending on your length of term)
  • Wraparound supportive services
  • Alumni and career services

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Cohort 21 Graduation Award Recipients
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Cohort 21 Graduation Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of the award recipients of Cohort 21! These awards showcase the many successes and growth opportunities of […]

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You’re Invited to Cohort 21’s Graduation Ceremony!
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You’re Invited to Cohort 21’s Graduation Ceremony!

Dear GCF Community, We are so excited to invite you to Cohort 21’s Graduation Ceremony! The ceremony will be held […]

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Graduate Testimonial

I finally joined GCF. It completely changed my view of the world and the scope of what I could do with my life”

Matthew Lisbon, Cohort 18, 2019 Graduate