Who Are Corpsmembers?
Corpsmembers are 18-26 year-old low-income young adults living in some of the poorest communities in the City.
- More than half are the main source of financial support for children or other adults
- 55% are African American, 27% Latino, 18% multiracial
- Many face significant barriers to achieve academic success and to escape poverty, including lack of stable housing, job readiness skills, and low self-esteem and confidence
While Corpsmembers face these challenges at home and in their neighborhoods, each weekday they wake up - often before dawn - to start their day with the Corps. These young men and women are resourceful and dedicated, learning new skills out in the field and working hard in the classroom to attain their high school diplomas.
The young men and women who join the Corps have plans for themselves, their future, and their families. The Corps is a place where they gain the support to put those plans into action.