Success at Civicorps

72% graduation rate.

73% of graduates are still enrolled in college and/or employed one year later.

Go beyond the statistics and read five students’ journeys to graduation.

After Civicorps, I feel like I can achieve anything”
— Jessica

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. I obtained a certification to be a Licensed Vocational Nurse before Civicorps, but I realized I needed my high school diploma if I want 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!


Despite my rocky past, Civicorps accepted me with open arms and showed me dreams that I never knew I had.”
— Lorenzo

LorenzoAs a crew working for Civicorps, we start with an area that’s ragged and rough – then we clean it up and transform the area. It’s so satisfying to see a creek that was littered with garbage become a beautiful place that you can enjoy with your family.

Much like the quiet hills we work in, Civicorps is a sanctuary for many of us here in Oakland. It was a safe haven – a place where dreaming was a possibility – when I needed to get away from the harsh city streets.

Despite my rocky past, Civicorps accepted me with open arms and showed me dreams that I never knew I had – like being able to take pride in a hard day’s work.

Now, as a Civicorps intern and college student, I’m learning how to manage operations so that our crews have the tools they need to transform our city into a beautiful place we all can enjoy.


When I got to Civicorps, I finally felt like I had the courage to speak about my dreams.”
— Brittany

As a child, I would play doctor all the time. One day my grandmother bought me a real stethoscope and for weeks I would go around listening to everyone’s heart beat.

I dream of learning the secrets of the human body, but for years I kept my dream hidden because I was afraid that people might say I couldn’t do it.

When I got to Civicorps, I finally felt like I had the courage to speak about my dreams. Nobody looked at me differently here because of my tattoos. The teachers here pushed me to do my best – to chase my dreams. They believed in me.

Next week I will be graduating, then I’m heading off to community college for a couple of years until I transfer to San Jose State University. After that, it’s on to medical school.

Civicorps gave me the confidence to dream and provided me with the tools and opportunities I needed to chase my dream.


Because of Civicorps, I have a future beyond the walls of my room.”
— Anton

AntonIn the 2 years that I was out of school, I felt I was losing touch with reality. I stayed in my room, away from people, and felt like I was losing my mind.

Civicorps provided a safe space for me to get past my social anxiety and the staff helped me achieve my goals of getting my high school diploma by being supportive and believing in me. I’ve come so far that I even volunteered to speak at my class’s graduation ceremony!

Because of Civicorps, I have a future beyond the walls of my room. I can’t wait to start college.”

 


Civicorps gave me the confidence I needed to change my life.”
— Broderick

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During my time at Civicorps I had to take three buses to get here by 7:30am every day. What really kept me going was just picturing where I wanted to be. I would wake up and say to myself ‘Okay, I know I have to do all this work’ but I’d just picture graduating and being successful every day in the morning when the alarm would go off at 4am.

The work was challenging and the days were long, but Civicorps gave me everything I needed to succeed. Who would have thought that getting recognition for my hard work would be the thing I needed most?

Having people notice me and tell me that they believed in me made me want to show them I could do more, and I did! I became a crew leader at the job training center and I graduated with honors. I’m planning on working my way through a mechanical engineering degree starting in the fall. Civicorps gave me the confidence I needed to change my life.

These students are actively working to create a brighter future for Oakland.

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