Though only a couple years out of the Corps, Andrew Moua has become an eager and supportive alum who has taken a heart of service to his current work. Moua served as a co-leader in 2012 with the Youth Outdoors program, so he spent part of his year as a field crew member and part of it leading youth. In the field, he mainly worked to remove invasive species at sites that included Shingle Creek, Lake Calhoun and Theodore Wirth Park. With youth, he taught environmental education and job skills field training. Some of their work took him back to the neighborhood where he grew up, places formative in his own youth, and he found it particularly satisfying to work on preserving and restoring those areas.
Moua credits his Corps experience with instilling in him an ethic of service: “My service with the Corps has definitely shaped the outcome of my plans and goals for the future,” he said. “I'm constantly looking for opportunities to further engage in the environment.” Currently, he works at Second Harvest Heartland running service projects for thousands of volunteers every week.