Through our programs,
many have succeeded to
graduate and receive a job.
Our primary mission is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.
Young Adult Corps
Prior to joining the LA Conservation Corps, Valerie was working at a local warehouse while also going through a home-study program. However, juggling both became too difficult and she eventually stopped working at the warehouse and was dropped from her home-study program. Just as she was ready to give up on obtaining her high school diploma, she was introduced to the Corps. She was encouraged by the fact that through the Corps, she could fit both school and work into her schedule. Currently, Valerie is handling street maintenance with our South Park LA Clean Team. The most important thing she says she has learned during these past 11 months with the Corps is how to be responsible for herself and her actions. This wasn’t a skill that came easily before, but the Corps has taught her the value of being accountable, which she believes is a skill that will help her later in life. Being at the Corps has also opened Valerie’s eyes to the impact of environmental science on the global community and she intends to attend college to pursue this area of study.
Starting in Fall 2014 through Summer 2015, The LA Conservation Corps worked with the National Forest Foundation and the United States Forest Service to eradicate invasive species, restore critical habitats and reduce hazardous fire fuel loads in targeted recreation and developed areas of the Big Tujunga Canyon, located in the Angeles National Forest, that were damaged in the 2009 Station Fire. This experience was invaluable to the Corpsmembers. Not only did they learn proper use of hand tools and power equipment, the importance of working within groups, and expand their geographical knowledge of the Los Angeles area, but they also removed over 7.2 acres of Spanish Broom along the Josephine Fire Road. As a result of this work, they reduced the risk of catastrophic fire and helped to improve the habitat within the watershed.