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 “I'm looking forward to helping out more. This is my first job! I think it's important to really get out there to help others, instead of being stuck inside the house all the time.”


– Deearah, Corpsmember

 
 
 
 
 
 
Get Your Hands Dirty September 28th
 
 
 
 
Dig deep this fall and celebrate with our Corpsmembers advocating, protecting and maintaining our nation’s public lands.  

If you’ve been looking for a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, volunteer this September 28th in Culver City at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for National Public Lands Day (NPLD) --the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands!

This year our Corpsmembers are getting their hands dirty to help restore and enhance a public park at the top of the infamous Culver City Stairs! This is a current project site for The Corps in collaboration with California State Parks and the Audubon Society. Here, Corpsmembers are creating uniform step heights and conducting trail maintenance to protect the native plants and to help residents stay on-path and stay safe.
 
 
 
 
Are you ready to advocate for protecting public lands?  
Volunteer with The Corps on NPLD Saturday, September 28th as we restore habitats throughout the park and connect to nature through service.  Sign up for you and your family/friends below to keep our public lands safe!  

National Public Lands Day of Service
Saturday, September 28
9:00am - 1:00pm
@ Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
 
 
 
RSVP to Volunteer Now >
 
 
 
 
Hometown Heroes Support Green Futures
 
 
 
 
On August 19th, we had the pleasure of hosting national basketball icon Russell Westbrook and longtime Corps friend Chad Brownstein at our John Van de Kamp Center for a special occasion.  Outside of the basketball court, Westbrook focuses time on giving back to help young people through his Why Not Foundation.  Brownstein is a local philanthropist and past Corps Board member. These special guests toured our Corps recycling center, visited a Corpsmember YouthBuild training and took time to meet with Corpsmembers to learn about their career interests in green technology fields. When touring our Green Futures Lab, Corpsmembers demonstrated to Westbrook and Brownstein how to use a 3-D printer, basics of robotics assembly and the excitement of drone operation.  Corpsmembers were all smiles when talking with Westbrook and hearing his story of growing up in some of the same neighborhoods they live in now. 
 
 
See PEOPLE magazine coverage of the event. >
 
 
 
 
 
Teens Say YES! to the Environment
 
 
 
 
 
Many things have been said about the current youth generation. One thing we know for sure is that there are plenty of youth who care about issues beyond themselves and have the confidence that they can make a real difference. This was clear at the second Annual Youth Environmental Summit (YES), a two-day, overnight youth event co-led by the Corps in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Environmental Youth Stewards Collaborative—local environmentally focused youth serving organizations.  Sponsors included Bicycle Kitchen, California State Parks, Community Nature Connection, Fulcrum, Intel, Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, National Park Service, North East Trees, REI Co-op, Santa Monica Mountains Fund, Sierra Club, US Forest Service, Vanguard and Western National Parks Association.
 
 
 
 
The summit, held this year at the LA State Historic Park, celebrated diversity and inclusion, bringing a wide mix of youth from across southern California. Youth attended from the California Conservation Corps, Conservation Corps of Long Beach, LA Corps, San Jose Conservation Corps and the Santa Monica Mountains (SAMO) Youth Program. The summit’s main focus was to build awareness with youth about the environment, Los Angeles’ natural and cultural resources, regional sustainability and green career pathways.
 
 
 
 
Over 100 teens attended the event. On the first day, they learned about green career pathways at a green career fair and met environmental professionals working in the field. On the second day, attendees enjoyed LA's green spaces, hiked to Echo Mountain, kayaked in the LA River, biked around the city, rock climbed, participated in green arts projects and, of course, made new connections and friends. 

“Hearing and seeing speakers that look like me, grew up in my neighborhood, and are now working for agencies like the National Park Service and US Forest Service tells me that I can do it too. It really motivates me to think about my career in a new way.”  - Carlos, Youth Environmental Summit Participant
 
 
See Photos from the Summit on Instagram >
 
 
 
 
 
Transforming Youth. Enhancing Communities.
 
 
 
 
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The LA Conservation Corps' 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. Tax ID # 95-4002138. 
 
 
 
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