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 Patricia Dowd, email@example.com for more information about how you or your organizations could get involved.
Colorado Climate Corps
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Conservation, Resilience, Food Security and Environmental Education Programs
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Volunteer Generation Fund
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you or your organization can get involved.