July 2015 Newsletter
 
 
 
 
The Latest News From The Corps
 
 
 
 

Fixing the City of Los Angeles' Sidewalks

We're sure you've seen at least one Los Angeles sidewalk that's in various stages of disrepair. Well, over the next 30 years, the City of Los Angeles is required to fix all of those sidewalks, and they've partnered with the LA Conservation Corps to do it! 

Projects like this will not only help to transform our city and make it easier and safer to navigate, especially for those with physical limitations, but they also provide our Corpsmembers with invaluable work experience and skills which will benefit them long after they leave our program.

We are also proud to say that one of our former Corpsmembers, Isaac Lopez, who is now a cement mason finisher, has come back to help us with this project. Each day, he motivates our Corpsmembers with inspirational quotes, shares his expertise with them, and serves as a mentor.
 
 
 
   
 Clean & Green Teams In Action!   
        
 
 
Our skilled Clean & Green crews service a variety of our local Council Districts to clear alleys of illegally dumped bulky items, litter and overgrown vegetation. Sometimes, these items remain in the alleys for months at a time, which unfortunately, pose health and safety hazards for local residents.

However, when community members see our crews hard at work, they always thank us for our help and often share stories of their struggles to keep the alleys clean. 

We are happy to be of service to the community, and we thank our Council District partners for calling on us to assist!  
 
 
 
GRID Alternatives "Women in Power" Event
 
 
 
Last month, a few of our powerful female staffers and Corpsmembers joined Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and several other female executives in state and local government and the power industry at the GRID Alternatives "Women in Power" event. This event is part of their National Women in Solar Initiative to provide training and internships for women in the solar industry.

The group spent the afternoon installing rooftop solar panels for a low-income family. This project is among the first of many that will bring both clean solar energy and job training opportunities to hundreds of Angelenos thanks to California's investment in emissions reductions in disadvantaged communities.

For more information on this initiative, visit www.gridla.org. To see more pictures from this great event, please head to our Facebook page.
 
 
 
 
 
Did You Know: Your contributions help us to not only provide valuable training programs for our youth, but they also allow us to assist our Corpsmembers with school book purchases, or to provide small items like bus passes so they can attend school. Things that aren't even a second thought to most of us.

To help us continue offering these services to our youth, please consider making a small donation here.
 
 
 
 

Project Build with KEEN & The Wilderness Society

Last week, volunteers from KEEN, Conservation Legacy and The Wilderness Society joined forces with our Little Green Fingers team, our partners at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and a few of our gardeners at our West Athens Victory Garden to hold the very first Project Build event.

Volunteers worked alongside our Corpsmembers to remove rocks and weeds from the crop field, plant fruit trees and shrubs, adjust straw waddles, and assist some of the West Athens gardeners with their plots.

Over the next two years, Project Build -- an initiative that is part of a newly-formed partnership with KEEN, The Wilderness Society and 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) -- will tell the stories of the thousands of young people who work on public lands, maintain hundreds of miles of trails, and create safe places for communities to play and grow. 

We are proud to have been selected as one of the five service corps that KEEN and The Wildnerness Society are supporting. To read more about the partnership, visit KEEN's blog. And be sure to check out our Facebook page to see more photos from the day!
 
 
 
 
 
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. 
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