The mission of the Earth Conservation Corps is to "empower our endangered youth to reclaim the Anacostia River, their communities and their lives."
The Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit youth development and environmental service organization located where the heavily polluted Anacostia River flows through our nation's capital's most disadvantaged communities. Since 1992 we have been successfully reclaiming two of America's most endangered resources -- our youth and our environment.
We use the challenge and promise of restoring the Anacostia River to engage unemployed community youth in workforce training, environmental education, and media arts to help them learn the skills they need to become candidates for the emerging workforce and environmental stewards through advocacy, action and community service.
A small but highly trained staff provides Corps members with the leadership skills and environmental expertise to empower them to engage thousands of local and national volunteers of all ages in the restoration of the Anacostia River.
It's been awhile since I volunteered there, but it was an amazing day. We met with the youth in the program who were wonderful individuals, learned all about the organization and then went to the river to do some heavy duty cleaning! Excellent experience-couldn't recommend more.