Maker Corps was designed to meet the demand for human capacity in youth serving organizations eager to embed making into their programs. The program was launched in 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Conference as a commitment to train and place over 1,000 Corps members across all 50 states by 2015. Each Maker Corps cadre is a new workforce that is constantly learning, working collaboratively, and infusing new energy into established youth serving organizations. Throughout both 2013 and 2014, its impact was substantial; Maker Corps served over 140,000 children and families by placing more than 200 Maker Corps members in 50 youth serving organizations across 24 states.
Maker Corps engages both participating organizations and Maker Corps Members throughout the spring and the summer, bringing them together through a private online community, providing them with online training and support that is complemented by a Possibility Box filled with tools and resources.
- Build confidence, creativity, and career readiness of Corps Members.
- Diversify and expand the network of makers, mentors, and community leaders.
- Expand the capacity of youth-serving organizations to engage youth and families in making.