Civicorps’ Academic and Professional Pathway helps young adults, ages 18-26, earn a high-school diploma, gain real-world job training, pursue post-secondary education, and embark on family sustaining careers.
For the first 14 weeks, students attend our charter school 32 hours a week taking the classes needed to obtain a high-school diploma. Our innovative education approach includes an academic portfolio instead of credits, individualized learning plans, and one-on-one tutoring.
Students also engage in soft skills training, trauma-informed case counseling, mindfulness, mentoring, financial literacy, career and college counseling, art programs, as well as leadership development.
Students then advance to paid job training, working 32 hours a week on contracts with 11 public agencies, earning $12.86/hour while gaining occupational and soft skills. Youth also earn certifications in chainsaw and brush cutter operation while gaining face-to-face interaction with some of the East Bay’s largest employers.
Students also attend evening classes two nights a week, working towards graduation. Although our program is highly structured, students move through the phases at their individual pace.
Career and College Support
For 12 months post-graduation, Civicorps offers assistance with applying for a job, placing youth in our internship or union apprenticeship program, enrolling in community college, accessing services not found on college campuses during evening classes (tutoring, special education support, and case counseling) as well as procuring resources.
“Civicorps is an inspirational place. It provides young people who don’t fit into the traditional high school with a hands-on, enriching, and career-focused environment. Civicorps students graduate as exemplary stewards of the environment and empowered community leaders.”