Four Soon-to-be-Grads Reflect on Their Time at Civicorps

 December 13, 2016

With 26 graduates, this is gearing up to be the largest December graduation we’ve ever had! Read the stories of four soon-to-be grads below and join us for the graduation ceremony on December 15th.

Jairo – “They knew I was capable of more.”

jairoMy friends encouraged me to come to Civicorps because they didn’t think I was living to my full potential.

They knew I was capable of more, but I didn’t see it in myself at first. Once I started coming to Civicorps and doing well in school, I finally could see what they were talking about.

At the JTC I did especially well so I stepped up to become a crew leader. I wanted to help motivate others like my friends had helped me.

My dream after graduation is to carry on the family tradition of working in a cement mason’s union.

I would like to help my family buy a house in a safer neighborhood so my baby brother can have a better childhood.

Thanks to Civicorps, I can continue gaining new skills and helping my family out until I’m ready to go to work in the union!

Kathleen – “I see college in my future.”


Waking up on time for school and focusing in class used to seem impossible before Civicorps. Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I dropped out of school at 16.

I wanted to give up on school altogether and just focus on working, but when I had my daughter, Camila, all of that changed. I wanted to be the kind of parent who could sit with her at the kitchen table and help her with her homework.

Starting at a new school made me nervous. What if I fell into the same patterns here? But Civicorps was different. They understood my challenges and I felt like the teachers genuinely cared about the personal struggles I was dealing with.

I’m looking ahead now and I see college in my future; I plan on taking classes at Merritt College and then transferring to a four year school to study computer science. Thanks to Civicorps, I’m creating a life my daughter can be proud of.

Escaria – “My new dream is to be financially independent.”


When I was younger all I could think about was being a professional skateboarder. I would skip class and spend the entire day at the skate park, working on my tricks. People said I was good, but deep down I knew that there would always be someone who could skate better.

One day I woke up and realized that I needed to finish my diploma and start gaining real job skills – in case the whole professional skateboarding dream didn’t work out 😉

Now that I’m graduating, my dream has changed a little. I still love skateboarding and practice every weekend, but my new dream is to be financially independent.

Civicorps has helped me to become independent by giving me a job while I‘ve been in school. They helped me get my driver’s license, and I know they will help me apply for college so I can become an auto mechanic. Working on cars is the next best thing – after skateboarding, of course.

Jessica – “I can achieve anything.”


I came to Civicorps because I wanted to show my kids that I was able to earn my high school diploma. When they see me walk across the graduation stage, they will know that they can do it too!

After I graduate I want to go to college and become a registered nurse in the obstetrics department. I already obtained a certification to be a Licensed Vocational Nurse before Civicorps, but I realized I needed my high school diploma to go further in my career.

Obtaining my diploma tells me that I can successfully reach my other goals: to work in a hospital and buy a house. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to do it for my family – after Civicorps, I feel like I can achieve anything I set my mind to!


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