Historic Site Restored by Corpsmembers
Recently, Clean & Green Corpsmembers had a powerful experience during a three-day trip to the Manzanar National Historic Site, 200 miles north of Los Angeles. They spent a weekend helping restore areas around the historic location, where they removed weeds and debris around the camp and pear orchard. For most of them, it was their first chance to travel outside of the city of LA.

This is not the first time the Corps has sent crews to do restoration work at Manzanar. With funding from a grant from the National Park Service, the Corps is able to send young people to this historical site to take on this unique project several times a year. For more information about Manzanar, click here to visit their website. >

Corpsmembers worked hard all three days while enjoying the beautiful scenery. It was a meaningful experience for them learning about the past, looking at their present, and thinking about the future. 
The Celebration Continues
We all had a great time at the SOLD OUT 2019 LA Corps Spring Luncheon on May 2nd. We celebrated #LACorpsPower with honorees Lime and Sean Burton of Cityview, as well as Park Builder sponsors American Chemistry Council and SCE, plus 500 supporters and friends back at the LA State Historic Park in Chinatown. The afternoon was a celebration that continues with incredible support from our sponsors and attendees. Their contributions at our annual event will continue to propel our nonprofit forward into the next fiscal year. We thank everyone who attended for joining our Corps family. We hope our stories will be carried out into the world so that we can continue to create new opportunities for more Corpsmembers all year long.

If you couldn't attend, we went "green" in a number of ways, including with our Virtual Tribute Journal. Check it out here. >
After School Program Boosts Creativity
The LA Corps' After School Program (ASP) stretches young people's imaginations to envision their future goals and successes in creative ways, like in the recent Middle School Top Model experience as well as the ASP Student Artwork Exhibition. On Saturday, May 11th, the 5th Annual ASP Middle School Top Model event, which was open to boys and girls, culminated with a red carpet finale at Legacy LA. Student participants attended a 5-day training program to learn about self awareness, modeling, photography and personal development. They earned points via social media votes, workshop participation and during the runway finale.
The John Adams Middle School Student Artwork Exhibition was held on May 8th at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, where the ASP office is located. The exhibition invited the community to attend and the middle school artists were proud to show off their masterpieces.
Celebrating the Legacy of Our SEA Lab
As you may know, our Corps Board of Directors and staff made the difficult decision to bring the SEA Lab program and site in Redondo Beach to a close at the end of June 2019.  Since the announcement, we have been receiving touching testimonials and responses from the community--true testaments to the great work that the SEA Lab team of staff and Corpsmembers has done. Read about the change. >

If you've ever visited the SEA Lab, you know that SEA Lab Corpsmembers are extraordinary, passionate, inspiring young adults. They have incredible goals ahead of them, many of which they say were sparked by their education, mentorship and empowerment at the SEA Lab. The ways our nonprofit has touched their lives may never be fully known, but we know they have impacted us and the community in great ways. We are so proud of them. They are our legacy.

In the spirit of celebration and remembrance, we invite you to participate in any of our closing SEA Lab events scheduled this month and included below. We also welcome you to share the #SeaLabLove on our social media: facebook, twitter and instagram.
Help #RestoreTheShore with SEA Lab Corpsmembers
You're invited to join the Corps SEA Lab team on June 22nd from 9 am - 12 pm as we #RestoreTheShore and enhance the beauty of the Redondo Beach Bluffs by taking care of a diverse community of native shrubs and wildflowers that we've been planting over the past few months in order to maintain the native habitat.  It's a lot of fun, as you can see by watching this new video by our friends at Charity Pants >.

Corpsmembers have worked on the beach bluffs as part of the El Segundo Blue Butterfly Habitat Enhancement Project funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Boeing. The team has been joined by California Science Center staff, the Charity Pants team, as well as dozens of volunteers over the past few months. We thank the County of LA Department of Beaches & Harbors and the City of Redondo Beach for their continued help and support. So far, 99 additional native species have been planted in the restoration area, bringing the total planted number to 909.

Volunteers are invited to meet up with the SEA Lab crew at Miramar Park, 201 Paseo de la Playa in Redondo Beach at 9:00 a.m. on the 22nd. It will be butterfly season, so hopefully you will have the chance to observe them in the area. No experience is necessary. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a volunteering adult. All participants must sign a waiver at the time of service. Minors must bring a waiver signed by their parent/legal guardian.  Community service hours are available upon request.  RSVP today on Eventbrite and help #restoretheshore.

RSVP for June SEA Lab Activities
JOIN IN THE FUN. Enjoy these fun events with the SEA Lab. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite or contact Adrianne at 310-318-7458 or acalbreath@lacorps.org.
JUNE 1ST    1 PM - 3 PM
Learn about local birds, how to use binoculars and bird watch. RSVP >
JUNE 15TH    10 AM - 4 PM
Replace fear with facts about these misunderstood animals. Kid friendly games and crafts, touch tank tours, and more! RSVP >
Meet Our Newest Executive Management Team Members
We've got a great team at the LA Corps. We are happy to announce that Tamara Muzac now serves the Corps as the Director of Administration. She was formerly the  Corps' Director of Fiscal Operations. We also are excited to welcome Luisa Acosta as our new Director of Partnerships. Learn about Tamara and Luisa's backgrounds. >
This team of East LA Corpsmembers just planted their 200th tree in Boyle Heights since they began planting there in December thanks to support from the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services.

Together, ten Corpsmembers and two staff participated in this project.  Corps staff Maria Carillo who helped lead the project, also grew up in the area. Maria shared, "It’s heartwarming to be able to take care of the community where I grew up. We don’t have many trees in this area. People want to see more improvement projects in their neighborhoods. I’m eager to see the trees five years from now, and be able to point out that I was part of that!”
New Corpsmembers Join Our Crews
A big congratulations goes out to our 22 new Corpsmembers that graduated from our 4-week orientation program in April, at a ceremony held at our site at Compton Creek Natural Park. All 22 have now officially joined the Corps. If you know a young adult who'd benefit from being a part of the Corps, please connect them with the Corps' Recruiting Coordinator Lucy Gutierrez at lgutierrez@lacorps.org or 213-749-3601 x538.
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