Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Restoring resources. Changing lives.

aka CCMI   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  www.conservationcorps.org

Mission

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa engages youth and young adults in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mark Murphy

Main address

60 Plato Blvd E Suite 210

Saint Paul, MN 55107 USA

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Formerly known as

Minnesota Conservation Corps

EIN

41-1881102

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Youth Corps

Summer Youth Corps (SYC) is a residential summer work program for youth, ages 15-18, led by AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25.

Crew members receive environmental and job-skills training while working in crews with other high school youth and two AmeriCorps crew leaders. Crew members live, work, and play together in this five-week residential program based at St. Croix State Park from mid-June to mid-August while conserving natural spaces and improving parks throughout Minnesota and neighboring states.

Summer Youth Corps is dedicated to accessibility for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community and runs an American Sign Language (ASL) crew. For over 20 years, Summer Youth Corps crews and all education/recreation activities have been inclusive, with ASL interpreters.

AmeriCorps crew leaders grow personally and professionally during their summer service term while gaining hands-on skills in conservation and youth development fields. Crew leaders also lead educational activities during the workday and on evenings and weekends, along with recreational activities. AmeriCorps Crew Leaders are responsible for encouraging the development of good work habits and basic skills such as work safety, environmental knowledge, and “leave no trace” principles.

Young adults, ages 18-25, who join our Summer Youth Corps program are committing to a full-time AmeriCorps experience for a three-month term to serve their community through environmental stewardship and youth engagement.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with hearing impairments

The Youth Outdoors program connects Twin Cities youth, ages 15-18, to the natural environment through paid conservation and community improvement projects while they gain job experience and college/career skills for the future. Young adults, ages 18-25, serve as AmeriCorps members who lead the youth in educational and service-learning activities and complete challenging, but impactful conservation projects as part of a field crew when not leading youth.

Youth Outdoors AmeriCorps members grow personally and professionally during their service term while gaining hands-on conservation skills in the field and receiving youth development training. In the spring and fall AmeriCorps members supervise, motivate, direct, and coordinate youth in a rigorous program of work, education, and training during after-school and weekend hours.

Through this work program youth participants make new friends, build practical skills, engage with nature, grow as active citizens and leaders, and prepare for future education and employment. The program focuses on youth development and job training, with environmental conservation as a learning vehicle.

Young adults, ages 18-25, who join our Youth Outdoors program are committing to a full-time AmeriCorps experience for a full-year, six-month, or three-month term.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Field Crews serve outdoors restoring habitat, managing natural resources, and occasionally responding to natural disasters or community needs.

The Field Crew program prioritizes personal and professional growth while teaching hands-on conservation skills in the field. Corpsmembers develop technical skills throughout their term while completing challenging and impactful conservation projects. Typical projects include removing invasive species, building and improving trails, stabilizing stream banks/controlling erosion, planting native trees, and conducting prescribed burns. Habitat restoration projects are performed in partnership with public land management agencies such as the State Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, cities, counties, and trail associations. Projects vary by region and crew location.

Serving with our Field Crews is a full-time AmeriCorps experience that requires a full-year, six-month, or three-month commitment.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Individual Placement (IP) members serve in a single placement setting at nonprofits, local government agencies, or higher education institutions. Service projects focus on natural resource management, climate change resiliency, and community outreach and education.

The Individual Placement program provides a unique full-year service experience where Corpsmembers support a variety of projects to expand the capacity and reach of a partnering host site while receiving specialized skills-training unique to the position or agency. Host sites, service activities, and the quantity of positions vary from year to year and are based throughout Minnesota and surrounding states.

During the summer, the Individual Placement program offers three-month Soil and Water Corpsmember positions where members serve alongside a natural resource professional at a Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). These seasonal AmeriCorps positions offer valuable experience in soil and water conservation and landowner and community engagement.

Serving with our Individual Placement program is a full-time AmeriCorps experience that requires a full-year or three-month commitment.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

The Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC) program provides a unique college-to-careers pathway for underrepresented STEM college students, specifically, women, racial and ethnic minorities, or individuals with disabilities, who want to pursue a career in environmental and natural resources fields. Students receive a fellowship, mentorship, and paid internship during their academic journey.

IDEC is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (CCMI), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls

Where we work

Accreditations

Accredited Corps with The Corps Network 2015

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Financials

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Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deb Berg

Travelers Insurance

Troy Rosenbrook

Highland Bank

Brett Emmons

Emmons and Olivier Resources

Liz McAllister

Iowa State University Foundation

Mary Hilfiker

Friends of Upper Landing Park

Erin Anderson

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Robert Craggs

Burns & McDonnell

Vern Fish

Retired

Janet Newberg

Retired

Stephanie Stein

Wells Fargo & Company

Katie Tedson

Goodwill-Easter Seals of Minnesota

Eric Chien

The Nature Conservancy

Shirley Nordrum

University of Minnesota Extension

Nicholas Sannito

Target

Yordanose Solomone

Contractor/Organizer

Justin Tomljanovic

Xcel Energy

Michael Wulf

Minnesota STEM Partnership

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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