A Journey to Racial Equity

Spring is just around the corner and of course, this month marks the anniversary of the Bay Area shutting down due to the pandemic.  Throughout these past 12 crazy months, Civicorps has stayed focused on supporting our young people with education and paid job training.

Thus far in the pandemic year, Civicorps has engaged 146 young people in paid job training.  They have completed over 88,850 hours of work for our partners and the community and have earned over $1,500,000!

Pandemic or not, rain or shine (or wildfire), we are deeply committed to providing a space for young people to grow and take steps toward their career dreams.  In order to assist in the fulfillment of those dreams it is important we address the inequitable systems that negatively impact our BIPOC Corpsmembers.  While this work is ongoing, one way to address historically oppressive and racist systems is by using our network to connect Corpsmembers to well paid career paths with dynamic agencies who provide key services and growth opportunities.  All the while, we contribute to the desired diversification of these workplaces.

“If a man doesn’t have a job or an income he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since 2017, Civicorps has been proud to participate in the inaugural cohort of The Corps Network’s Moving Forward Initiative (MFI).  The MFI seeks to expand career exposure and increase employment in conservation and resource management for youth and young adults of color.  Through this effort, we explore unconscious bias and structural racism within The Corps Network, our member Corps, and America’s land management agencies.

This Friday, 20 of Civicorps’ Conservation Interns will participate in the latest MFI workshop, “Sending the Right Signal.”  This anti-racism workshop focuses specifically on raising our racial awareness and addresses the need for healing from racism.

We’re honored to be part of the Moving Forward Initiative, and invite you to learn more about it. 

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