Season of Giving with the Warriors

Five Civicorps families were selected for a holiday shopping spree courtesy of the Warriors, Lucky and 18 Reasons’ Shop and Learn. Corpsmembers were part of an instructional store tour and participated in a friendly interactive shopping challenge in which the families were tasked with buying ingredients for a nutritious meal under $20. Each family was paired with a Warrior’s figure including #2 Jordan Bell, #21 Jonas Jerebko, Assistant Coach Bruce Fraser, and American former professional basketball players Ruthie Bolton and Adonal Foyle.

“It meant a lot to my family, not just because we are a Warriors fan, but because we were able to learn and work together. To complete the challenge, we were creative. Instead of making regular lumpias, we made naked lumpias that did not require a wrapper and used brown rice instead for the side.

“We are really thankful that the Warriors are doing this for the community. And grateful to have had Jordan Bell shop with us!”

-Francis, Civicorps Corpsmember

After completing the challenge, each family went home with a bag filled with cookware, and a Lucky’s gift card to help support their family holiday feast.

Civicorps is so grateful for the generosity of the Warriors to make our student’s holiday extra bright this year!

Check out more photos on our Facebook Page!

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A glimpse at our December 2018 graduates

Join Civicorps’ December 13th Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony at the Oakland Museum of California | RSVP

Moniqué 

By graduating, I am proving to myself that “si se puede, YES YOU CAN!”

Even though it’s taken me longer than planned, I am graduating, which is something that my parents and many of my family weren’t able to accomplish. I am grateful for the obstacles I’ve encountered because I have learned and grown from them to become independent, a better partner, and a leader. Having that diploma in my hand is a representation of my drive to succeed.

I am grateful for my partner Lamont. He and I started Civicorps together, and are graduating together. He is my rock as I am to his. Mr. Dunn (Dean of Students) has always said that we would be a distraction to each other, but that just fueled our want to succeed and prove him wrong. And we did it! For that I am also grateful for Mr. Dunn.

I plan to enroll in college, take business courses and dive into my entrepreneurial personality. I have dreams of getting my cosmetology certificate and a Bachelor degree in business administration. Then… embark in several of my start up ideas that includes a beauty skincare line… but for now, I want to enjoy the bliss of graduating, walk on stage wearing my high heels, glitter and make up!

 

Nuk

I first came to Civicorps in 2013, took a break in 2014 and came back in 2017. It’s been a journey to finally reach it to the end and receive my high school diploma.  I am grateful for the support I received at Civicorps and for finally seeing a best version of myself here.

One of my proudest moments while at Civicorps was when I won an award for an art piece I submitted to the ACLU. I love art, and have a talent for it. People know me as an artist, which at first, was hard for me to acknowledge. But when your passion is being recognized by others, it really makes you believe in it.

I am grateful today to have even been commissioned to do art work for others.  Who knows, maybe in the distant future I will have an art show. It’s all about perseverance, staying on track of your goals and fighting against your adversities. And that’s what I will continue to do.

I am setting an example to my family by crossing that stage and receiving my high school diploma. I want my son to know that his father will always work hard and will continue to achieve my dreams for him to be proud of.

Sandi

My oldest daughter came home from school one day and asked me if I went to college. It hurt me to say that I didn’t even graduate from high school. It was in this moment when I realized that I needed to be more of an example for my kids and show them that they should not settle for less.

I want opportunities to open up. I want to give them everything my parents didn’t give me. When I walk the stage to receive my high school diploma, I will tell my daughter that this diploma is for her. Going through Civicorps I have seen opportunities present themselves that I would have never seen staying at home. My education will continue, and I will not stop until I have achieved an Associate’s certification and a Bachelor’s degree.

I have two chainsaw certifications from Civicorps, not too many woman have earned that. I currently am a Customer Service Intern at Civicorps. From being in the field, to working behind a desk, I am capable of anything.

Tony

I am one of few Civicorps students that is graduating within a year, 10 months to be exact. That itself is something I am very proud of.

Growing up I was on track to graduate high school and go on to a 4 year university. But ever since 9th grade, I knew traditional school was not for me. I was bored, unmotivated, and felt unsupported. My parents always had the need to compare me to others. And it was these expectations that ultimately made me give up on myself.

Civicorps was my choice to try something new and on my own terms. It was here that I got to be independent and not have to feel like a failure. My teachers really believed in me and that’s what motivated me to begin thinking about the future and pursuing the things I want to do.

I am happy I will continue to remain part of this community as I complete a one year internship at Civicorps. In the fall of 2019, I will be enrolling in college studying biochemistry. My goal is to teach science and maybe become a science teacher at Civicorps. If I put my mind on it, stay focused, I know I can accomplish it.

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International Volunteer Day 2018

It’s International Volunteer Day!

Looking for ways to volunteer your time?  Have only a few hours to donate per year?  Come help Corpsmembers learn valuable interview skills as they prepare for graduation and look ahead to careers by serving as a Mock Interview Panelist!  Here’s what some recent panelists had to say about their experiences:

“I recognize the valuable partnership between Waste Management and Civicorps, and appreciate the focus to provide support for young adults working to overcome barriers on their path to success.  It was a great process to guide the students as they prepare to enter the workforce, allowing me to share some of my own personal stories and experiences during each mock candidate interview.  In addition to the event providing students the opportunity to practice their interview skills, it provided me a platform to sharpen my own interview skill sets.” 

– Jeff Cox, Waste Management & Civicorps Mock Interview Volunteer

“I volunteer because Civicorps youth look like me and I want to be an example of what success looks like in the real world. Civicorps produces leaders, each with their OWN leadership skills. I’m always promoting Civicorps because of the opportunities for young adults. But the opportunity to make a wage that will change your life exists in the partnership with Waste Management and Civicorps, and that is what’s needed; a streamline process with a support system in place for the transition period.”

– Ammie Brandon, Waste Management & Civicorps Mock Interview Volunteer

Have even more time to donate?  We are always looking for Academic Coaches to spend in depth time 1:1 with our students, on a variety of subjects.

SIGN UP HERE for either or both opportunities.

Civicorps is grateful to all volunteers who have helped bring success to our Corpsmembers. Academic coaches, mock interview panelists, and community volunteers, thank you for your time and commitment to Civicorps. We are also thankful to Waste Management, Beneficial State Bank, NextGen, Chevron, Enterprise and all corporate volunteers  supporting our Corpsmembers in their leadership skills.

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KQED Podcast: Stories of Persevering for a Diploma

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, NPR One or wherever you get your podcasts to hear three Civicorps graduates share their stories: why they didn’t graduate high school, what convinced them to come back to school, and how they made it through.

“On a sunny day in early June, 12 young people received their high school diplomas at a moving ceremony at the Oakland Museum of California. Graduations are always full of emotion and excitement, but this one was a little different because these young people left high school, but came back to get their diplomas. The friends and loved ones gathered to celebrate their achievement knew exactly how hard they had worked for this moment and the obstacles they’d overcome.”

“High school dropout is a label I’m thankful to tear off me as a person,” said Jeremy Ward during his graduation speech.

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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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