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 as well as the OSHA-40 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certification. Trainings in agriculture, culinary skills and nutrition, electrical, carpentry, pest management, 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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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.