In 1983, Civicorps was founded as one of the first conservation corps in California, and in 1995, Oakland Unified School District granted us a charter to become a high-school diploma program, making us the only dropout recovery school for the district.
Civicorps’ mission is to re-engage young adults to earn a high school diploma, gain job skills, pursue college, and embark on family sustaining careers. All of our students have dropped out of high school, are low-income, and 99% live in poverty. Almost all (99%) students are an ethnic minority, 50% are formerly incarcerated, 50% are struggling with homelessness, 40% have learning disabilities, 35% are single parents, 24% are former foster youth.
Not only do we have a 72% graduation rate (one of the highest in Oakland), but also one year after graduation, 73% of our graduates are still enrolled in college and/or employed. This success ripples out into the community, creating a legacy of achievement for all of Oakland.
Urban Strategies Council named us one of the five core participant organizations of the Oakland-Alameda County Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund; Civicorps was one of only 12 conservation corps to receive national accreditation by the Corps Network Center for Excellence; and our Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation was just renewed at the highest level.
In 2014, Oakland City Council included Civicorps’ Recycling Social Enterprise as a partner with Waste Management in a landmark garbage franchise agreement. Nationally, this marked the first time that a non-profit was included in a major city garbage franchise agreement to create jobs for youth.
In 2015, our Career Pathways Coordinator won and in 2014 our English Teacher won Oakland Unified School District’s Charter School Outstanding Teacher of the Year, our lead educator won the first-ever national Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Award, and our Science Teacher was recognized as a 2014 STEM Woman of the Year.
Oakland is proud to be home to Civicorps — a stellar organization helping to transform our community every day.”