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Climate, Conservation, and Resilience

AmeriCorps members help build resilient communities in Colorado through environmental education, sustainable food systems, and conservation and water- and energy-efficiency projects. 

Learn more about Climate and Resilience AmeriCorps programs below and contact Jackie Rader, jackie.rader@state.co.us, for more information about how you or your organizations could get involved. 

Colorado Climate Corps

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Colorado Climate Corps is a multi-faceted initiative addressing the impacts of climate change. In collaboration with the Colorado Interagency Climate Team, Colorado Youth Corps Association placed the first 633 AmeriCorps members of the Climate Corps on the ground in 2022. These first members focused on wildfire mitigation and water & energy efficiency. 

With the addition of CivicSpark, the reach of the Colorado Climate Corps now includes members supporting local governments and non-profits in planning for and addressing sustainability and climate change issues. Serve Colorado is working with additional partners to expand Climate Corps that will create a holistic approach to addressing climate change in Colorado. 

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Youth Corps for Colorado/Colorado Climate Corps

Programs of Colorado Youth Corps Associations, Youth Conservation and Colorado Climate Corps members protect and conserve our outdoor spaces by doing trail conservation, wildfire mitigation, and weatherizing homes with energy efficient appliances.

Program Manager Contact Information: Caley Ford,  cford@cyca.org

Colorado Youth Corps Association

Learn more about YCCO Here!

CivicSpark

CivicSpark, a program of Civic Well, builds capacity and resilience to address climate change at the local level. AmeriCorps members support organizations and local government agencies to address community resilience issues. Initiatives include:
◊ Educating communities about climate change
◊ Developing and implementing community sustainability plans
◊ Conducting electric vehicle readiness planning
◊ Updating drought contingency plans

Additionally, this program will aim to create a pipeline of diverse future leaders.

Program Manager Contact Information: Bill Sadler bsadler@civicwell.org

CivicWell

Learn more about CivicSpark Here!

Conservation, Resilience, Food Security and Environmental Education Programs

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CSU Extension 4-H STEM Initiative

Spark an interest in STEM by providing in and out of school programming for underserved students and at-risk youth.

Program Manager Contact Information: Melinda Macpherson, melinda.macpherson@colostate.edu

Colorado State University Extension

Learn more about CSU-Extension Here!

Environmental Education Corps

A program of Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. AmeriCorps members increase environmental literacy for PreK-12 students by expanding the reach and impact of environmental education programs at schools and other partners. 

Program Manager Contact Information: Erin Dreps, erindreps@caee.org

CAEE Environmental Education Corps

 Learn more about CAEE Here!

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DUG Corps

A program of Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) and CSU Extension. AmeriCorps members lead workdays, help at events, rep DUG out at gardens and in the community, help with youth education programming at school gardens, and provide an extra line of communication to the gardeners. 

Program Manager Information: Eliza Greene, eliza@dug.org.

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Learn more about DUG Corps!

Mountain Roots Healthy Futures

A program of Mountain Roots Food Project. AmeriCorps members improve food security and nutrition in underserved communities by providing education, expanding access to local food, and addressing capacity issues. 

Program Manager Contact Information: healthyfutures@mountainrootsfoodproject.org

Mountain Roots Healthy Futures

Learn more about Mountain Roots Here!

Farmer in Training

The Farmer in Training (FIT) Program is a partnership with Fort Lewis College’s Old Fort Farmer in Training Program and United Way of Southwest Colorado's TeamUp AmeriCorps. FIT AmeriCorps members gain hands-on experience growing vegetables at high elevation. Through field work,classes, and field trips, the FIT program provides a strong foundation for aspiring and beginning farmers. Members also participate in additional projects and tasks aimed at expanding the Old Fort and partner agencies’ food security initiatives. 

Program Manager Contact Information: alh@unitedway-swco.org

Team UP Southwest Colorado

Learn more about the Farmer in Training program here!

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Volunteer Generation Fund

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Serve Colorado was awarded an AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund grant, expanding our capacity to increase youth engagement in environmental projects in 2023 and beyond! The grant will partner with identified local nonprofits to maintain and enhance the state’s world-class recreation amenities, provide Colorado’s underrepresented youth STEM education, leadership, and career opportunity education, and support National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in their ongoing work to support communities in Colorado in mapping urban heat islands.

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Ways to Get Involved

Apply for Funding: Grants are available for nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Tribes, institutions of higher education, and state/local agencies to plan or operate an AmeriCorps program. Learn more here.

Serve in a Program: Contact a program above to learn more and apply! 

Partner to Increase Impact: Strategic partnerships strengthen AmeriCorps programs and their service impact in local communities.  Interested in partnering? Contact Patricia Dowd, patricia.dowd@state.co.us for more information on how you or your organization can get involved.