Health and Wellness Fair 2018

Civicorps once again had a successful Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Many thanks to our guest presenters SambaFunk for energizing Corpsmembers with African dance; Rose Sharon Oates for guiding students in the practice of stress-relieving methods; Beneficial State Bank for advising in financial management; Good Vibrations for promoting positive and safe sexuality; and Civicorps staff for facilitating holistic self-care and healthy eating workshops!

110 Corpsmembers participated in the day’s activities. Thanks to our sponsor, a healthy breakfast was also provided. Throughout the day, Corpsmembers participated in 6 workshops and a scavenger hunt that ended with prizes including Safeway and Starbucks gift cards, Clipper Cards and trips to Chuck E. Cheese and Good Vibrations.

All Corpsmembers received valuable information in health wellness. We thank all staff who helped make this possible! We look forward to the next Health and Wellness Fair in 2019!

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Corpsmember of the Quarter: William Cordova

Civicorps is delighted to recognize William Cordova as Corpsmember of the Quarter for Spring 2018. William goes above and beyond both in and out of the classroom to achieve his goals. He has the intrinsic motivation of a lifelong learner. His eagerness allows him to exceed expectations both in school and on the job. William has perfect attendance and volunteers as a teacher’s assistant. On top of his academic work and job training at Civicorps, William also takes classes at Laney College and began a part-time internship with Tech Exchange. He follows through with his commitments and is a great example of a professional and growth-minded individual.

 

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Connecting Youth to the Outdoors

Civicorps provides outdoor trips to our Corpsmembers as part of our Connecting Youth to the Outdoors (CYO) program, which introduces our students to the wonders of nature through trips that teach leadership and courage, foster healing from trauma, and build peer support while inspiring a life-long love of the outdoors.

On August 23rd, 7 Corpsmembers river rafted down “The Gorge,” a Class III section of the South Fork American River, with OARS out of Lotus, CA. For 5 Corpsmembers, it was their first time river rafting. This is a high adrenaline, challenging, yet super fun activity on the river. Corpsmembers swam in the river wearing their personal floatation devices, and also had the opportunity to dive from atop a 15 foot cliff.

“It was my first time white water rafting. I enjoyed working as a team and getting hit by the waves. I actually fell off the boat, but it did not phase me. I had a rush of adrenaline that made it so much fun!” – Tony, Corpsmember

Thanks to OARS White Water Rafting and Bay Area Wilderness Training for making this opportunity happen.

On September 7th, 10 Corpsmembers sea kayaked in two person boats from South Sausalito to Angel Island Friday morning. Eight of these Corpsmembers had never been kayaking. They described this new experience as fun, stress-relieving, and for some, an adventure to overcome fears.

“This was actually my second time kayaking, but never this far. I loved that we worked together as a team to get us to our destination. I had fun and really bonded with my fellow Corpsmembers. I recommend everyone to do it, it’s so beautiful, and towards the end, I really loved the night hike.” – Claudia, Corpsmember

The trip also included a night hike to the summit with 360 degree views of the Bay Area and all the bridges.  Corpsmembers stayed overnight in a historical Civil War era bunkhouse on Angel Island. By next morning, they were ready to kayak back to Sausalito.

Thanks to ETC Sea Kayaking, Angel Island and Bay Area Wilderness Training for partnering with us and giving our Corpsmembers an experience to remember.

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A New Chapter at Civicorps: Executive Director's Transition

AUGUST 1, 2018

After seven years of leading through a period of intense growth and change, our Executive Director, Alan Lessik, leaves Civicorps.  Alan has been instrumental in evolving the organization, developing public and private relationships throughout the East Bay and greater community. His leadership in the development of our public/private relationship with the Waste Management-Teamsters Union Apprenticeship Program has created opportunities for our talented and skilled Corpmembers to gain family-sustaining careers. Alan has positioned Civicorps for continued growth and improvement as well as long-term stability. He leaves the organization in a very strong position as we embark on our next phase. The Civicorps Board thanks Alan for his many years of leadership and dedication and wishes him all the very best in his next adventures.

The Civicorps Board of Directors is committed to carrying our mission forward and ensuring a smooth transition.  We have created a transition plan that will be open, transparent and, above all, will ensure the quality of education and other services we provide continue without interruption. 

As we embark on the search for a successor and frame the vision for the next chapter of the organization, we will invite Civicorps partners, supporters and members of the organization to provide feedback.  We value your input and want to hear your thoughts and hopes for Civicorps’ future.  More details to come as we set up the mechanisms to engage Civicorps friends and community.

We are grateful for your continued support and dedication as we look ahead to the next chapter of Civicorps and serving the Bay Area Community. 

Sincerely,

Nita Kirby
Board President

 

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A Weekend at Yosemite National Park - 2018

June 15-17, 2018

Civicorps students and staff spent a weekend at Yosemite National Park, enjoying the outdoors and helping to keep the landscape beautiful. This year, we camped at Wawona Campground, where we set up tents, made s’mores and played games around the camp fire. Civicorps engaged in a service project, with students and staff  removing litter from 100 campsites. We also enjoyed the legendary Yosemite scenery; we swam in the freezing yet refreshing Merced River, hiked Vernal Falls, were mesmerized by the tall Sequoias in Mariposa Grove, and explored the Yosemite Village.

For many of our students, this was their first time visiting the majestic national park.

“Going to Yosemite for the first time allowed me to experience a different side of California’s natural beauty. I’ve never gone camping. I learned how to build my tent, I helped start a campfire and bonded with fellow Corpsmembers over s’mores, scary stories and games.” – A.D., Corpsmember

“On this trip, I learned that nothing can stop me if I put my mind to it. I met an 8 year old boy who did not have legs and was hiking. He inspired me. As long as I have breath and 10 fingers and 10 toes, I am never giving up on my dreams. I learned a lot about myself being in nature.” – Eboni’, Corpsmember Grad, Class of June 2018

“This was my second time going to Civicorps’ Yosemite trip. It’s an opportunity to bond and get to know other Corpsmembers and staff. Oakland can be stressful at times, and this weekend’s trip to nature allowed me to forget my problems and relax for a moment.” – Jorge, Corpsmember Grad, Class of June 2018

Check out more photos on our Facebook Page. #ServeOutdoors

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Corpsmember of the Quarter: Tyneisha Crooks

Tyneisha Crooks
Tyneisha Crooks

Every quarter, staff select a Corpsmember who demonstrates personal growth, determination to succeed, and achievement in the program to become Corpsmember of the Quarter. For Winter Quarter 2018 (January, February, & March), we honor Tyneisha Crooks.

Tyneisha is a fierce Learning Academy Intern at Civicorps. She helps all students and staff ,and keeps the academy running smoothly. In addition to her internship, Tyneisha volunteers with the student appeals panel and focus groups. For this year’s Shakespeare play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with just two days before opening night, Tyneisha volunteered to play Hippolyta when a student was no longer available. Her positive attitude kept the show going! Congratulations, Tyneisha!

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