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Meet the Texas Conservation Corps

Ann Choi, KUT News

A youth organization that worked as a secondary emergency-response team during the Central Texas wildfires has a new name.

Environmental Corps, a service program for American YouthWorks, is now the Texas Conservation Corps. American YouthWorks CEO Pac Smith announced the rebranding today, as nearly two dozen new members were sworn in at the Capitol.

“Twenty young people serve on disaster relief work for in any disaster-stricken community across Texas and in federal disaster,” Smith said. “We have a crew actually in New York and New Jersey, doing recovery work for the super storm Sandy,” 

Smith said the rebranding reflects the work the group provides. During the Bastrop wildfire in 2011, the group worked as a secondary emergency response team. The group directed other volunteers and organized donated items.

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