September 2015 Newsletter
The Latest News From The Corps

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partnership Celebration

On August 29th, the LA Conservation Corps and Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) hosted a wonderful gathering at The Frog Spot to celebrate our multi-year partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and their Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

This program is specifically designed to help people -- particularly at-risk youth -- in urban communities to better connect with nature. The six-member crew of Corpsmembers who are participating in this program are not only conducting habitat restoration along the Los Angeles River, but they are learning about river ecology and water quality, helping to conduct wildlife surveys, and learning about conservation-based career opportunities.  

At the event, we were treated to rousing speeches from Wendy Butts, our CEO, Andy Yuen, Project Lead at the San Diego Wildlife Refuge, Shelly Backlar, Vice President of Programs at FoLAR, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and the newest LA City Councilmember David Ryu...who is also a former Clean & Green crew member! 

Click here to see more photos from the day. We also invite you to view a wonderful video about our partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service. Take a look!

Photo credits: San Diego Wildlife Refuge / Lisa Cox
Video credit: Tandem Stills + Motion / Ian Shive & Jon-Paul Harrison
 Ride Along with the Los Angeles Times 
Earlier this year, our South Los Angeles graffiti abatement team participated in a ride-along with the Los Angeles Times to give them a behind-the-scenes look at the services we tirelessly provide to the local residents and some of the challenges our crews face. 

We thank the LA Times for spending the day with us and capturing our team's experiences as they work to serve the community each and every day. And most importantly, we thank our crews who are working so hard to make Los Angeles safer, cleaner, and greener so that we can all enjoy it.

Click here to watch the video. 
LA Conservation Corps Goes to Santa Rosa Island
Earlier this summer, our Corpsmembers spent time learning and working on Santa Rosa Island as part of our eight-week partnership with SAMO Youth. This program is the National Park Service's (NPS) signature youth employment program where they strive to introduce youth to environmental careers at the NPS and inspire these young people to become environmental stewards.

While on Santa Rosa Island, our Corpsmembers released sea lions into the wild, used GPS/GIS to map culverts, conducted historical restoration by painting and old school house, and much more!

Check out our Facebook page to see more photos. ​And to learn more about the SAMO Youth program and read Tumblr entries from some of the youth who participated in this life-changing experience, click here.
Sing-Along Fun at the Back-to-School Bash
Over Labor Day weekend, the SEA Lab hosted its Back-to-School Bash children’s concert with the amazingly talented Nick & Jen of the Young Music Company. We had a great turn out and everyone enjoyed an afternoon of singing, dancing, and fish feeding!  

We invite you to join in the fishtivity fun every first Saturday of the month at the SEA Lab. Click HERE to check out the 2015-16 Fishtivities calendar of events. Become a SEA Lab Member today and your family will enjoy many discounts and benefits too! Visit our website to learn more.  
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.
The Los Angeles Business Council presents:
The Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit
In support of the LA Business Council, we are excited to announce that registration for the LABC 2015 MHTJ Summit: Building a Smart Region is now open! This summit is regarded as one of the most effective and productive forums that has helped promote transit-oriented development and sustainable workforce housing for Los Angeles.
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