IN THE NEWS White House swears in first class of American Climate Corps

By Lucas Thompson and Ariel Weil, June 18, 2024

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The Biden administration on Tuesday swore in the first class of the American Climate Corps, a federal program that is meant to place young people in the clean energy, conservation and climate resilience sectors.

AmeriCorps, the federal agency overseeing the new program, said it estimated that more than 9,000 members will be in their roles by the end of the month. The inaugural cohort will be sworn in over multiple events over the next few weeks, because of virtual meeting room restrictions, with the next event set for June 25.

“I want these young people to realize that this is our moment in history,” said Maggie Thomas, special assistant for climate to President Joe Biden. “This is our ability to tackle the climate crisis and for this generation to have agency in their future.”

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