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I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work…more, important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mayor Stephen P. Clark (Right)

Mayor Stephen P. Clark (Right)

Greater Miami Service Corps (GMSC) is one of over 150 service and conservation corps, operating in every state and the District of Columbia. GMSC services are designed to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of youth to move toward achieving their full potential through youth development services and the leveraging of public/private resources.

Established in 1990 as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, GMSC engages out-of-school young people with employment and training services that reconnect youth to education, community, employment, and towards selfsufficiency.

GMSC first graduating class

GMSC first graduating class

The majority of young people come to GMSC looking for a secound chance to succeed in life. In return for their efforts, our young people receive guidance by adult leaders who serve as mentors and role models; a modest stipend and a wide range of member development services including significant educational opportunities, scholarship, career preparation, and the opportunity to invest in their communities. Many of the youth served are youth who emancipated from foster care, youth who are former offenders, youth who may have dropped out of school, youth who are basic skills deficient and youth who are single parents.

  • To show positive contributions young people can make while serving their community.
  • To provide comprehensive educational, vocational and employment experiences.
  • To develop a sense of work ethic and community spirit amoung youth and young adults that fosters stability and productivity throughout Miami-Dade County.
  • To develop meaningful service projects to benefit the community.

Greater Miami Service Corps program and services are designed to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of youth to move toward achieving their full potential through youth development services and the leveraging of public/private resources. Program services / initiatives are as follows:

School for Integrated Academics and Technologies (SIATech): a charter dropout recovery high school housed at GMSC’s North Center provides youth with opportunities to earn a high school diploma and the foundation required for post-secondary success.

Civic Justice Corps: engages young people in the workforce and society using the Corps-to-Career model as a service strategy, in supporting the re-entry and aftercare process of youth engaged in the criminal justice system.

Out-of-School Youth Program: Provides at-risk youth between the ages of 16-21 the opportunity to continue their education and training in order to advance their skills and pursue the best jobs possible. Services offered through our Youth Program include: comprehensive assessment and career guidance / planning, leadership development opportunities, life skills, work readiness training and pre-employment skills training.

AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps Corpsmembers participate in community revitalization projects while at the same time enhancing their education and career development services. In exchange for their service, members receive a stipend and an educational scholarship award.

YouthBuild: YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society.

Our Mission

The mission of the Greater Miami Service Corps is to transform the lives of young people through education and service activities that improve our communities and strenghten our local workforce.

Service Strategy:
Greater Miami Service Corps’ program model uses service as a strategy to connect young people in Miami-Dade County to education and meaningful work experience opportunities while at the same time providing cost effective services that improve our community and create tax-payers instead of tax-dependents.
Program Outcome:
  • Participants less likely to be arrested at program follow-up particularly among African-Americans
  • Participants less likely to be unmarried and pregnant at follow-up
  • 80% increase in employability and workforce development skills
  • 78% of former high school dropouts earn a meaningful high school or general education diploma
  • 30% pursue secondary and post secondary educational opportunities after exit
Recognition Awards:
  • YouthBuild Award
  • Project of the Year
  • NACo Achievement Award
  • Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award
  • Excellence In Corps Operations Award
  • Strategic Partnership Award
  • Corpsmember of the Year Award
  • William “Sonny” Walker Self-Sufficiency Award
  • Non-Profit Organization of the Year “Arête” Award
  • Promising Effective Practices Network Builder Award
  • Foster a Partnership Project
  • Excellence in Corps Operations Award
  • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Stewardship Recognition Award
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