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
When Jasmin joined the Corps in 2014, she began working on a wide range of the Corps’ more evergreen projects such tree planting and building school gardens. However, after only two months, she started specializing in high-profile technical construction jobs. Those projects included installing a heritage landscape at Descanso Gardens, building a water-wise demonstration garden at the West Valley Municipal Center, and most recently, she joined the crew that will work to alleviate flooding by installing bioswales and dry wells on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. As a member of the Corps’ Technical Construction Team, Jasmin drives pick-up and dump trucks, and operates power tools and heavy machinery such as skip-loaders and roller compactors. During her time here, Jasmin has also received a number of accolades. She currently serves as Secretary of the LA Conservation Corps’ Leadership Council, she was selected as the Corps’ Corpsmember of the Year, received an AmeriCorps Education Award, and recently, Jasmin was named as The Corps Network’s 2016 Corpsmember of the Year. She will be recognized in Washington D.C. during The Corps Network’s National Conference. After her time at the Corps is complete, Jasmin, who presently attends East Los Angeles Community College, plans to transfer to Channel Island University to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology with the ultimate goal of becoming a wildlife biologist.
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.