“I heard of all the benefits and opportunities the Conservation Corps could bring. I’ve learned so much more than if I wouldn’t have joined this program. I’m looking forward to a career with Duke Energy” -Jimmy Wagner

“All my buddies were doing it, so I decided to join and accomplish something in life. We do some really cool things that I wouldn’t have gotten to experience without the Conservation Corps.” -Dillon Grant

“Before I joined, I couldn’t find a good job because I didn’t have my diploma. Then I heard about the Ed-Corps. Now I’m working on getting my diploma and thinking about future careers like Forestry. It's a friendly environment and the people are great to work with.” -Chris Carr


Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast

Selected by the Corps Network to be part of the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative in 2014, the Coalition has brought the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast to a reality. Now in the second year, the program is a comprehensive youth development program for young adults 18-25 years of age (veterans up to 29, and summer internships for ages beginning at 16 years old) which provides participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that conserves, protects and improves the environment, as well as community resilience. This initiative continues to accomplish an array of specific habitat restoration projects throughout the region such as invasive species removal, living shoreline installation, oyster reef restoration, water quality monitoring, and pine savanna restoration. The Corps is funded on a “fee for service” model which provides governmental agencies and nonprofits a cost effective alternative for completing environmental work while providing benefits to the local communities through youth training and employment. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

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The Van W. Johnson Community Service Center hosts an array of non-profit agencies which support the quality of life in the Forgotten Coast region. Located at 192 Coach Wagoner Blvd (the old Apalachicola High School). Most agencies are open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.

  • 06 Mar 2017 4:09 PM | Erica Head (Administrator)

    Historic Apalachicola has become known as the “Forgotten Coast” with its ample natural resources, easy access to fresh seafood and the laid back friendliness of residents who live in and around Apalachicola Bay. A few neglected properties are severely impacting our scenic community. Household trash is another serious problem that has affected the cleanliness of the city and surrounding neighborhoods.

    Join the city’s largest volunteer effort for our residential neighborhoods, parks and right of ways by participating in the 1000 Hands of Hope Cleanup. Apalachicola’s Franklin's Promise Coalition in collaboration with the City of Apalachicola, Amplify of Opelika, Ala., and Marquette High School of Clarkson Valley, Mo, will kick off this community event, March 13-15, 2017. Community organizations strengthening the partnership include: Apalachicola Main Street, Apalachicola Hillside Coalition of Laborers Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County Solid Waste.

    “This effort brings together the people within our community, out of town college and high school students as well as host of support team members who will be giving their time, talent and resources. “stated Mayor Van Johnson, “It will allow us all the chance to make a difference in the spirit of service “

    The week of March 13th, over 500 volunteers will roll up their sleeves to rake the yards, paint, repair and clean the homes of the elderly and disabled in the community in addition to the beautification of the surrounding parks and right of ways.

    For more information contact Franklin's Promise Coalition at 850.653.3930.


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Van W. Johnson Community Service Center

192 Coach Wagoner Blvd.

Apalachicola, Florida 32320

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