The 2016 Paddle the
LA River season is here!
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
Keisha was removed from her family at birth and put into the foster care system. Despite all of the challenges she’s faced throughout her life, Keisha has garnered the strength to forgive herself for her past actions and commit to building a better life for herself. Through her support system at the LA Conservation Corps, she was able to rebuild her life by taking every opportunity that came her way. “I would like thank the Corps for showing me a better life; for a fresh new beginning. I am trying to stay goal-oriented so I don’t go back to that horrible state in life ever again.” Keisha is now currently beginning her apprenticeship program with the Local 5 Union for Insulation Systems.
In the face of the historic five-year drought, municipalities are being encouraged by the State to reduce overall water consumption to avoid facing hefty fines. As a result, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield partnered with the LA Conservation Corps in April 2015 to convert Council District 3’s West Valley Municipal Center and West Valley Branch Library lawns – the highest water use item in the landscape – to a low-impact, low-water use landscape which is better suited to the natural conditions of the area. Our crews, comprised of Corpsmembers and technical supervisors, landscaped more than 24,500 square feet of turf, installed a new, highly-efficient drip and point irrigation system which allowed for a 70% reduction in water usage, created a permeable hardscape, and planted 1,800 drought-tolerant native plants.