At Earth Conservation Corps we see opportunity between the effort to save the endangered Anacostia River and the need to engage the young men and women who live along its banks. We believe that challenging neighborhood youth to claim the Anacostia gives them a fighting chance to not just survive but to find a rewarding life in science or nature
When talk turns to statistics about our city’s youth, it usually centers on incarceration and crime rates--particularly in troubled neighborhoods of Wards 6, 7, and 8 near the Anacostia River. As we grow this web site, we’ll be citing statistics that paint an altogether more promising portrait of the D.C. youth who’ve participated in our program. For example, 95 percent of our 2005–2006 program graduates went on to college or careers.
We’ll also let you in on some other eye-opening facts. For every dollar invested in a Corps member, the city receives more than $3 worth of environmental restoration services along the endangered Anacostia River Watershed--a prime habitat for some of our region’s most rare and revered creatures, like the bald eagle. In the 22 years we have been at this Corps members have led over one million hours of hands on restoration of the Anacostia and helped inspire a movement.
Since its founding in 1989, Earth Conservation Corps--once the only program of its kind in the nation--is now being replicated around the world and has encouraged more than 24,000 city youth and adults to become environmental educators and leaders.
Our youth honed environmental preservation skills through such hands-on initiatives as the raptor conservation partnership with the Us Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Eagle Foundation, management training with experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shad restoration with dc fisheries. Last year Corps members delivered their conservation lessons to more than 2,820 younger children and their families through our ongoing in-school, afterschool, and summer programming partnership with the D.C. Public Schools.
We look forward in the year ahead to continuing these and other successful efforts. We’ll also seek out new supporters and partners who can help us protect and restore the environment. The surging redevelopment of the Anacostia Waterfront which we helped inspire is in full swing. We look to work with our corporate, foundation and government partners to broaden youth career training workforce development through the River of Hope. Launched in 2006 we see it gaining momentum provide 3,000 young people with life, social, and job skills through environmental education and restoration.
Our vision is that every young person in the Corps and throughout Wards 6, 7, and 8 District not only survives, but thrives. Thank you for your commitment to transform young lives through environmental action. You are helping build a legacy that will reverberate for generations to come.
Board of Directors
Sarah Guinan Nixon
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.