The Corps has gotten a lot bigger. The current class is now 45 members double what it was two years ago. And while money is always tight, the corps has managed to hire three new staffers one of whom is Lashauntya Moore.
When NOW first introduced you to Lashauntya Moore two years ago, she'd just moved out of a homeless shelter. She was 24, trying to get off welfare. She'd had her first baby when she was in high school. Lashauntya got married in January 2005. She and her husband have two children on the honor roll. Lashauntya now works full-time for the ECC as the Career Training Coordinator.
When NOW first told the story of the ECC, Corps member Jerome Scott was leading groups of children on a nature boat trip of the Anacostia River. Scott said of his goals: "I want to be a zoologist, a marine biologist, anything that has to do with animals. I love it." Scott had also just lost his best friend, fellow corps member Diamond Teague. Diamond was 19. He'd been shot in the head on his front stoop.
Scott continued on in the Corps. He graduated and obtained a job Chesapeake Bay Foundation, lobbying for the Anacostia river in Washington, DC. He'd also so impressed some visiting officials from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock* that he'd been offered a full-ride scholarship.
But Scott died of leukemia. With no health insurance, and no regular doctor, several visits to emergency rooms had failed to detect what was wrong. table last 0ctober. The disease was finally discovered, but it was too late.
In his memory, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has now established the Jerome Scott Memorial Scholarship. Every year, two Corps members will be getting a free college education.
*In the original broadcast the University of Arkansas was misidentified as the institution awarding the Jerome Scott Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded by University of Arkansas at Little Rock.