The Corps for Education Outside is the first service corps program in the United States dedicated to transforming urban public schools into centers of 21st century experiential learning, environmental sustainability, and innovation. The Corps program harnesses the enthusiasm and passion of recent college graduates, who are hired for a two-year term, serving as full-time educators at their assigned school. By serving as the point people for all outdoor experiential education and school greening activities at their schools, Corps members play a central role in sparking students’ interest in science and math, building a more eco- and food-literate student population, increasing the energy efficiency of their schools’ infrastructure, decreasing schools’ waste streams, building strong school communities, and advancing outdoor education opportunities. (See the Corps in action by watching our video!)
Each Corps member receives 250 hours of training from Education Outside and its community partners while dedicating 1,500 service hours to:
- Outdoor Education: Corps members teach standards-based lessons in the outdoor classroom and involve the school community in caring for the space.
- Sustainability: Corps members promote energy efficiency, water conservation, alternative transportation (walking, biking, carpooling), and waste reduction (composting, recycling) at their school sites.
- Leadership Development: Corps members are involved in weekly training and leadership development activities coordinated by Education Outside in order to become more active and engaged citizens after their term of service has ended.
Meet Our Corps Members
Our program is growing rapidly, and we now have 22 incredibly accomplished Corps members serving at elementary schools throughout San Francisco. Read their bios here, or watch an inspiring, up-close-and-personal video about our program.
The Schools We Serve
For the 2013-14 school year, the Corps for Education Outside serves the following 22 public elementary and K-8 schools in San Francisco:
- Alice Fong Yu (Inner Sunset)
- Alvarado Elementary (Noe Valley)
- Bret Harte Elementary (Bayview)
- Buena Vista/Horace Mann K-8 (Mission)
- Claire Lilienthal K-8
- Cleveland Elementary (Excelsior)
- Dianne Feinstein Elementary (Parkside)
- ER Taylor Elementary (Portola)
- Fairmount Elementary (Glen Park)
- George Peabody Elementary (Inner Richmond)
- George Washington Carver Elementary (Bayview)
- Glen Park Elementary (Glen Park)
- Hillcrest Elementary (Excelsior)
- Jefferson Elementary (Inner Sunset)
- Malcolm X Elementary (Bayview)
- Marshall Elementary (Mission)
- Miraloma Elementary (West of Twin Peaks)
- New Traditions Elementary (Western Addition)
- Sanchez Elementary (Mission)
- S.F. Community (Excelsior)
- Sherman Elementary (Marina/Cow Hollow)
- Spring Valley Elementary (Nob Hill)
Want to Become a Corps Member?
The application process for our 2014-15 cohort of Corps members will begin in January 2014. Read on for more details about who we're looking for and how to apply.
Want a Corps Member at Your School?
Our program serves public elementary and K-8 schools in San Francisco. The school site application process for 2014-15 has just begun. Read this page for more details about how to apply.