Service Corps

Service Corps

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Service Corps



Program
Overview

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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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. Includes visits and service with environmental partner organizations.

 

Training

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.

 

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 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.










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 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.





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Corps
Benefits

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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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