WASHINGTON D.C. – The Corps Network recently announced the winners of the 2019 Corpsmember of the Year award. The Corps Network is a 21st Century Conservation Corps partner of the USDA Forest Service, helping to advance shared-stewardship through partnership and volunteerism. As a member organization, the Corps proudly represent over 100 organizations that operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 23,000 young men and women join these organizations each year so that they can make a difference.
Every year, The Corps Network presents the Corps Member of the Year awards to select young adults and veterans who, through their service in Corps, have demonstrated personal growth, outstanding leadership skills, and sincere commitment to community and country. The Southern Region is proud to be home of two of the 2019 Corps Members of the Year awardees: Elamon White and Abdusalam Ibrahim.
After serving as a Naval Officer, Elamon White turned to the Mt. Adams Institute VetsWork program as a gateway to pursuing a career in natural resources. As an AmeriCorps member with VetsWork, Elamon has made major contributions on Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests Andrew Pickens Ranger District. Among other accomplishments, Elamon implemented an improved system for tracking service projects; spearheaded the construction of an accessible trail; and developed a mechanism for helping volunteers earn saw certifications. Elamon has recently accepted a permanent positon on the Francis Marion and Sumter Enoree Ranger District as a Resource Assistant.
Originally from Sudan, Abdusalam Ibrahim came to the United States in 2015 as a refugee. After obtaining his high school diploma and a certification in auto mechanics at Clearfield Job Corps Center, Abdusalam enrolled at Weber Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, where he excelled in both the Office Administration program and Wildfire program. Abdusalam was repeatedly dispatched on wildland fire crews because those he worked with appreciated his motivation, tireless enthusiasm, and willingness to learn. Recently, Abdusalam was accepted into the rigorous Schenck Job Corps Advanced Wildland Fire Management Program. Upon completion of the program, Abdusalam hopes to become a hotshot fire fighter and work on an engine crew.