Civicorps Family Campout

Civicorps launched its first annual family camp-out this spring at Anthony Chabot Regional Park! The beautiful Civicorps community of young and old, came together for a weekend in nature. For many Civicorps students’ children, it was their first time camping. Games were played, the marshmallows went quick, wild turkeys rambled through the campsite, trails were explored, and many, many pancakes were eaten. Everyone woke up together feeling communal and positive. It was an opportunity to share Civicorps’ love of the outdoors with children and to establish connections with parents in authentic ways.

“It reminded me of why I love working for Civicorps and provided an opportunity for me to get to know some of our amazing Corpsmembers and their families.” – Brian Hickey, CFO at Civicorps

We were grateful to have had 9 Corpsmembers families present, as well as 6 staff families. In total, 25 children had a fun-time camping. Thanks to Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) for providing all the camping gear. Enjoy pictures from the camping trip below!

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Civicorps Receives Community Partnership Award

On Thursday, April 19th, Civicorps was presented with Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Merit Finalist Award. This prestigious national  award recognized Civicorps’ Teamster Union Apprenticeship Career Pathway Program in partnership with Waste Management that provides a pathway to lucrative union careers in truck transportation.

The award luncheon was held at the Oakland Marriott City Center Skyline Room where 100 guests enjoyed the sweeping views of Oakland during the awards ceremony. Theodore Herman, Vice Chairman of Mutual of America Foundation and Abbas Moloo, Regional Vice President of Mutual of America made opening remarks. Then, Thomas Gilliam, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of America presented certificates to organizations who helped create this career pathway:

Phil Dillard, Board President; Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney; Alan Lessik, Executive Direcotor; Minna Tao, Recology Golden Gate

Mayor Libby Schaaf, gave a powerful speech on unity and perseverance, recognizing the strengths of the partnership. Then, the Mutual of America Foundation presented Civicorps with a $25,000 check. An unexpected surprise!

Mayor Libby Schaaf

To honor those key individuals who helped create this partnership, one-of-a-kind commemorative coins were presented to Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney, Waste

Management’s Jacob Buckley, Teamster Local 70’s Felix Martinez, and Recology Golden Gate’s Minna Tao.

The ceremony was filled with inspiring speeches that demonstrated the strong relationships Oakland has forged to create career pathways for Oakland young adults. Thanks to Mutual of America Foundation and all our partners for a joyous celebration!

Check out photos from the event: FB Album.

Listen to Civicorps on KCBS radio talking about our pioneering partnership.

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College and Career Fair 2018

Civicorps’ College and Career Fair 2018 featured opportunities for students to learn about job skills, trades, and pathways to college. We had representative from the following Bay Area programs:

During this series of presentations, students asked questions, signed up and applied for programs, and networked with the representatives. The College and Career Fair is an annual event that permits Civicorps students to explore different career options as they prepare to graduate and earn their high school diploma.

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Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream"

Join Civicorps students, in partnership with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, for a FREE production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Nine students will perform at the Lakeside Park Garden Center on Thursday, March 29th at 7:30pm.

For 10 weeks, students have been attending workshops and learning about character development through acting exercises. Students created their characters by connecting with personal life experiences.

“With each rehearsal I become less shy. This is a great play and I love the creativity!”
– Lorretta, Civicorps Student playing “Helena”

Come on out and see our students shine on stage!

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Join us for December Graduation!

Join us to cheer on our December graduates as they cross the stage and receive their high school diplomas! The ceremony and reception will be held at the beautiful Oakland Museum of California.

Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Address: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Space is limited – please RSVP below to this FREE event!

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