Program areas at Los Angeles Conservation Corps
CONSERVATION PROGRAMS - The Los Angeles Conservation Corps Conservation Programs consist of two components: Young Adult Corps and Corpsmember Development. Young Adult Corps (serves youth ages 18 to 24 at sites in Northeast, South, and East Los Angeles; Compton; and, the San Fernando Valley): The Young Adult Corps provides paid on-the-job training, a high school diploma program and case management/transition support services to approximately 400 corpsmembers each year. Corpsmembers earn a wage while performing basic-through-advanced environmental and conservation-related service projects, such as habitat restoration, tree planting and urban forestry, park and trail construction, water-efficient landscaping, graffiti removal, community garden development, recycling and natural disaster preparation/response. Corpsmembers can also participate in highly specialized job training programs, including the ENVIRONMENTAL WORKFORCE DEVeLOPMENT AND Job Training Program to become certified in hazardous waste removal or other vocational programs such as the YouthBuild Job Training Program to receive hands-on construction experience. Clean & Green (serving youth ages 14 to 21 from the Corps site in Northeast Los Angeles): Clean & Green provides a year-round, SHORT-TERM paid job training program that employs approximately 200 high school students and graduates (14 - 21 years old) each year to work on urban beautification projects. Students learn responsibility by developing their work Habits while earning a much-needed paycheck that contributes to their households. Corpsmember Development Programs: Corpsmember Development Programs consist of two components: Development/Transition and Education Programs. Development/Transition Programs - Case managers help corpsmembers address their personal, family and other issues that have previously hampered their success in school and work. These obstacles and barriers often include: homelessness or risk of becoming homeless; substance abuse; health needs (mental, physical, dental and vision); emotional problems (grief counseling, anger management, conflict resolution and racial/gender/sexual orientation tolerance); family issues (unity, supervision, family conflict, and reunification) and transportation and legal entanglements (child support, warrants, tickets, and probation or parole issues). Case managers work with corpsmembers to develop roadmaps and plan out the practical steps they need to take to achieve their personal, educational and career goals. Additional services available to corpsmembers include individual and group counseling services, life skills workshops, youth mentoring services and other college/career services that will help them successfully exit the Corps into a job, post-secondary education or advanced training. Also, any corpsmember who exits the Young Adult Corps is tracked by a case manager for up to twelve months and is provided with the necessary follow-up services to ensure their success with full-time employment and, if applicable, their educational and/or vocational training endeavors. Education Programs - LA Conservation Corps Education Program serves CORPSMEMBERS AND OTHER youth ages 18 to 24 through a charter school partnership WITH THE LOS ANGELES EDUCATION CORPS (LAEC). LAEC'S EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT 2 Los Angeles sites serve approximately 200 youth who have been expelled, dropped out or never even started high school. These youth are given a second chance to earn a state-accredited high school diploma. Academics are complemented by an environmental education curriculum, experiential learning activities, college preparatory services, career preparation and work readiness services and case management. Corps-administered college and vocational scholarship opportunities are also available through both in-house and outside opportunities.
Special Projects - From time to time, the Corps will undertake certain Special Projects consisting of conservation-related activities sponsored by outside agencies and local governments. There were no special projects conducted during the year ended June 30, 2020.
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM - The After School Program (serving elementary and middle school children) provides homework assistance, academic support and enrichment along with recreation activities to approximately 8,000 children at 21 Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. Academic enrichment activities emphasize conservation, the environment, science, technology, engineering and math. Children also join in art, music and sports activities, serve as teacher aides and participate in on-campus service-learning projects to further connect their classrooms to their daily lives. The program provides working parents in low-income communities with safe and free supervision and care for their children during the hours after school when children this age may encounter unsafe, unsupervised activities that lead to poor school attendance, risky behaviors and low educational achievement.