Our Values

The LA Conservation Corps is the nation’s largest urban conservation corps and LA’s preeminent youth development organization. We exist because we are concerned that 1 in 5 of LA’s youth adults is both out of work and out of school, and that they see no path out of poverty. We give young people an opportunity to improve their circumstances while they heal their communities.

Our programs equip these young people with life skills and work experience by employing them in a variety of conservation projects. Some of those projects include building parks, planting trees, refurbishing hiking trails and building community gardens. We also provide them with a high school education in our affiliated charter school. Our ultimate goal is to prepare LA’s forgotten youth for post-secondary education and living wage jobs, and to inspire them to change themselves, their communities and the world!

We Believe That...

The past and the environment in which we were born should not limit our future.

Everyone thrives when they have a place they belong. 

People connect more to their communities if they contribute to them.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed in school and work.

All of LA’s citizens should have safe, clean communities and access to beautiful green space.

By teaching environmental stewardship, young people will inspire change in others and change LA.

We Believe in Second Chances!


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.