Teamster Apprentices!

Teamster Apprentices / CivicorpsCONGRATS to our first two Teamster Truck Driving Apprentices at Waste Management: Wulliam and Corey!!

They have graduated from our truck driving pre-apprenticeship program and are on the road to a lucrative union career!

Background on our new Teamster Apprenticeship Program:
Our new city-wide garbage franchise agreement helped us create a training pipeline for youth to enter the Teamsters and Mechanics unions at Waste Management – where in just a few years youth can earn a salary of $70,000/year with a pension.

Thus, our graduates can apply to enter one of our 10 truck driving pre-apprenticeships at our social enterprise or one of 10 additional apprenticeships/internships in partnership with Waste Management of Alameda County that lead to lucrative union jobs.

These new union internships, pre-apprenticeships, and apprenticeships are a game changer for resilient youth and their families as well as the entire city of Oakland.

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Outstanding Teacher of the Year!

Our English teacher, Avery Moore, was awarded OUSD’s Charter School Outstanding Teacher of the Year!

How do you make school engaging and relevant for disconnected 18-26 year high school drop outs? Create a space where student voice is heard and honored. Civicorps’ English teacher, Avery Moore, has done that and so much more for our school community. Avery’s quiet, calm, and nurturing spirit has made quite an impact on students, staff, and our school community.

Outstanding Teacher of the Year

He has built up an English/Language Arts program that meets the needs of a diverse range of learning styles and aptitudes. He has put time and energy into creating unique learning opportunities that build on students’ interests, takes them outside of the classroom, and into the “real” world. Through his Children’s Literature seminar, he has forged a partnership between Civicorps and MLK Elementary School. After reading and analyzing a variety of classic children’s stories, Civicorps’ students write and then read their own original stories to elementary school students.

Avery also partnered with UCSF on a photo documentary project on community health issues that culminated with a community “gallery walk” of their work and an NPR video. Seeing a need to help students earn their driver’s license, Avery has used the DMV handbook as text, and then stood in line for hours with students so they can take the test. These are just a few examples of his impact on the students, school, and community.

Having Avery honored as an Oakland Charter School Teacher of the Year has shone a light on all that he brings to our school community — we are thrilled to have him honored!


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Exciting New Changes at Recycling!

Exciting New Changes at Recycling / CivicorpsRead all about the new garbage franchise agreement that begins on July 1, 2015 that Civicorps’ Recycling is a part of!

We will be working with with Waste Management and California Waste Solutions to help Oakland increase access to composting, recycling, and bulk pick-ups. Together, we are working to make Oakland a cleaner city!

Read the full article here.

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Students find a home at Civicorps

Civicorps student John Laws III (center), with staff members Rodney Dunn and Tessa Nicholas, says he’s finally found the school that’s right for him. Students find a home at Civicorps.Students Find a Home at Civicorps

“A young person who’s dropped out of school or wound up in jail doesn’t have to give up.

There’s hope yet, thanks to a cool place called Civicorps, headquartered in a former industrial building near Jack London Square.”

Check out this awesome article about Civicorps in the San Leandro Times!

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Step Into Your Power

On February 19th, Civicorps hosted a Step Into Your Power Youth Summit where 42 students from Civicorps, Treasure Island Job Corps, MetWest High School, and College of Alameda came together to brainstorm solutions to community issues and then presented their ideas to a panel of community leaders.

After a moving keynote speech by Kamau Walton, Critical Resistance and Black Lives Matter East Bay, and a leadership panel by our Student Action Team, students broke into small-group work sessions where they brainstormed ideas that would have a positive social impact on their community. These sessions were lead by Student Action Team members, Civicorps staff, and activists from Young Invincibles.

Summit attendees brainstorming solutions to community issues / Step Into Your Power /Civicorps

Five campaigns were created and presented to a panel of community leaders:

1) #NoBeds media campaign highlight the scarcity of beds and the complexity of the public housing system
2) Urban Rejuvenation about how to rehabilitate urban blight
3) LGBTQ community meeting
4) Police Brutality Hurts community event with a community altar to honor the dead
5) Ban the Box organized walk out

Panel of Community Leaders:

Lieutenant Leronne Armstrong from the Oakland Police Department
Isabel Cortes from Senator Loni Hancock’s office
Mark Salinas from the National Equity Project
Rodney Brooks from Supervisor Keith Carson’s office
Diego Santiago from Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s office

Youth Summit panel of key leaders / Summit attendees brainstorming solutions to community issues / Step Into Your Power /Civicorps

Our panel of key leaders shared personal stories and advice for students about how to step into their power.

“If you are waiting around for someone else to solve problems, the answer is probably in you” – Mark Salinas

“Align yourself with people who believe in your potential.”
– Isabel Cortes

After listening to the powerful presentations, our Student Action Team chose two projects to put into action: the LGBTQ community meeting and #NoBeds: a media campaign about how to create adequate, accessible, affordable housing, especially for felons. Stay tuned for news as these projects get put into action!

The theme of the this summit was: Step Into Your Power — Transform Your Community and 100% of attendees said that they now feel inspired to make change in their community.

“We all have something inside of us that can useful to the world.”

“Today I learned specific steps that I can take to start civil action.”

“We need to put words into action. If you want to make a change in your community, you have to start with yourself.”

“We are the future.”

…and the future looks bright.

Student Action Team / Youth Summit panel of key leaders / Summit attendees brainstorming solutions to community issues / Step Into Your Power /Civicorps

Check out more pictures from this amazing day of empowered social change.

Donate today to support powerful leadership opportunities at Civicorps!

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