“Build your resume, build your network, and build your future.”  That’s what we convey to the young people who walk through our doors.

At Civicorps, young people enter our Job Training Center eager to learn and to discover new opportunities.  Conservation and Recycling Interns impress us every day as they embrace the work-based learning opportunities and resources in Civicorps’ Conservation Career Pathways Program. Under demanding circumstances, they work with our partners to protect our natural resources and strengthen climate resiliency. As they build their resumes through certifications, soft-skill building and teamwork, they also tap into our professional networks. Through this dynamic programming, Civicorps equips participants with tools to advance into leadership roles both within our agency and with outside partners.

Working at the intersection of racial, economic and environmental justice, we create long-term, upwardly mobile career opportunities for young people underrepresented in the green economy and engage them in critical conservation projects. Reinforced by wrap-around Support Services, our Conservation and Recycling Interns, aka Corpsmembers, have a safe place to reach their goals, tackle challenges and thrive.  We engage young people by opening doors, mitigating obstacles and moving them closer to their dreams, and have been doing so for nearly 40 years.

Read on to learn about four outstanding Corpsmembers who launched their careers this year.  Meet the next generation of environmental stewards and join my colleagues and me in applauding their accomplishments.  We couldn’t be more proud of their achievements, and we are humbled by their talent and dedication.

Thank you for giving our Corpsmembers the opportunity to learn, earn, and excel.

In partnership,

Tessa Nicholas
Executive Director




Civicorps provides education and job training through a holistic, trauma-informed care lens, so that our youth not only earn a high-school diploma and occupational skills, but also have a safe place to find support, reach goals, overcome challenges and heal from trauma.

62% Men 37% Women
.5% Non-binary .5% Transgender

100% Received support from case counseling

100% Live below the poverty line

45% Reported being exposed to violence

29% Experienced housing instability

20% Parents of young children

17% Had contact with the legal system

15% Documented learning disability

13% Had contact with the foster care system

8% English language learners

100% Powerful

“Martha exemplifies the qualities of leadership that we need and champion in our young people.”

Click the article below to read Martha’s journey.


“Get everything you need out of Civicorps, enjoy it, and then get out there into the world.”

Click the article below to read Sebastian’s journey.


“Civicorps changed my life for the better. I know what I want to do now, and it paved the way for me to build a family.”

Click the article below to read Jose’s journey.


“Naji was able to grow into his leadership role in the midst of the pandemic. When everything in the East Bay shut down, he stepped up.“

Click the article below to read Naji’s journey.



Newly launched, the Conservation Intern Investment Program (CIIP) tracks Corpsmember progress in trainings and certifications.

Upon completion of these requirements, Corpsmembers receive a $300 completion bonus and a $0.50 hourly raise.

Through the CIIP, Civicorps celebrates the progress each Corpsmember accomplishes, as well as measuring each participant’s professional readiness as they progress through Civicorps’ job training programs.

The CIIP tracks Corpsmember advancement in the following fields:

  • Career Readiness
  • Job Performance
  • Skill Development
  • Community Participation and Civic Consciousness
  • Career Readiness Assignments
  • Academic and Professional Awards





For the twelve months ended June 30, 2021



Hellman Foundation Fund
Morris Stulsaft Foundation
Operating Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
The Lowell Berry Foundation
WPW Foundation


Oakland Athletics – Premier Sponsor
42, Inc.
Amazon Smile
Bay Area News Group/Share the Spirit
Beneficial State Bank
CalNonprofits Insurance Services
Cascadia Consulting Group
Gigantic Idea Studio
Kaiser Permanente
Orion Business Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc.
Royal Coffee, Inc
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.


Alameda County Office of Education: K12 Strong Workforce Program
Alameda County–Oakland Community Action Plan
CalFresh Employment and Training/SNAP
California Conservation Corps
City of Oakland: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
Port of Oakland



Leagrey Dimond
Lowell and Georgie Hickey
Koshland-Wachtel Fund
Amy Slater* and Garrett Gruener
Jerry and Ilona Ulrich
The Walnut Fund at the San Francisco Foundation
Robbie Yohai* and Paula Heller
Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation


Sandra Blair
Candy Cohen and Bill Falik
Jeff Goodby and Jan Deming
Steven Hanson*
Naomi Janowitz and Andrew Lazarus
Marc and Rebecca Jedel
Nita Kirby*
Karen and John McGuinn
Karen and Michael Meryash
Barbara Phillips
Ken Richardson
Eric Suliga
Ann Torres
Babs Yohai


John Barhaugh
Trish Chapman and Kathryn Gilje
Katherine Congleton
Aja Cooper*
Jeffrey Einhorn
Pamela Feack
Ken Fischer
Jean Follette and Adam Olivieri
Jane Grossman
Pam Herlich
Rita Isaacs**
Lisa Jacobs
Paul Juarez
Sherron and Gary Kalbach
Patricia Kates
Elaine Leitner and Steve Zieff
Thomas Love
Amalia and Gus Nicholas
Bill and Tari Nicholson
Carrie Price
Courtney Ruby
Anne Scheer
Don Stiver
Maria and Matt Tracy

Peter and Judi Bank
Lee Barhaugh
Jennifer and James Barrile
Nancy Battey
Phil Bellman and Betsy Yost
Ronald Blair
Jack Bookbinder
Elroy and Cheryl Christenson
Katherine Congleton
Anthony and Marianne Deichler
Nancy Dolinajec
Sharon and Robert Eichinger
Jerome Engel
Luana Espana
Howard Fields
Mark Fleckles
Barbara Flores
Ellen Florey
Robert Foster
Sam Foushee and La Rae Schneider
Aileen Frankel
Rachel Friedman
William Gavelis
Winnifred Gin
Alan Gould
Elizabeth Gregory
Sidney Guthrie
Les Hamanaka
Chia Hamilton
Josephine and Karsten Hazelett
Barbara Hollenbach
Stephen and Sandra Hu
Donna Hui
William Hull
Rebecca Hurst
Jacqueline Ikeda
Thomas and Barbara Job
Catherine Jupina
Heinz Lackner
Brenda Laribee**
Claudia Lewey
Susan Libby
Paula Marshall
Diane Meltzer
Wayne Montoya
Chris Newcomb
Jean and Dale Olds
Christine Pagano
Ruth Palmer
Karl and Rita Olsen Pister
Margot and Spencer Platt
Susan Quan and Michael Tandy
Ron and Janice Reese
Bernadetta Rickard
Nancy Russ
Bruce Saito
Diane Schreiber and Bryan McElderry
Leonard Schwab
Quanisha Secrease
Warren Siegel
Janice Silverman
Harriet Simpson
Jennifer Skeem
Joanne Smyth and Paul Vartanian
William and Barbara Ann Vaughan
Catherine Waller
Sally West and Peter Compton
Ellen Westberg
Tamera White
Neri and Sal Zagari
Neil Zelin

*denotes member of our Board of Directors
**denotes emeritus Board members