While our Corpsmembers work in job training serving our community environmentally, they accumulate hours and money towards their AmeriCorps scholarships.
During job training, youth work on contracts for some of the largest employers in the East Bay such as Caltrans, EBMUD, East Bay Regional Parks, and more. This past year, Corpsmembers maintained over 36 miles of trails, cleared 42 miles of waterways, and reduced 438 acres of wildfire fuel load.
“East Bay Regional Parks District and Civicorps have worked together for over 30 years. Corpsmembers are focused, motivated and hardworking. It’s a pleasure working with them and we look forward to continuing this partnership as it has benefited our parks and East Bay residents.” – Brad Gallup, Captain, EBRPD Fire
AmeriCorps awarded $72,518 in college scholarships last year. And all Corpsmembers need to do to earn it is show up to work, commit to their service projects and volunteer with various community service actions including Martin Luther King Dr. Day of Service.
Once they are enrolled in college, they access their AmeriCorps funds. They use this money to assist them with paying for tuition, paying for books, and other academic expenses that support their future career.
“As a College Counselor, I am proud Civicorps is partnered with AmeriCorps because it gives our Corpsmembers not only the opportunity to be civic and to give back, but they are rewarded with an educational stipend to further their education.” – Deneah Murphy, College Counselor, Civicorps
Since 2012, Civicorps has built an organization-wide, college-going culture that begins the minute students walk in the door. Now, Civicorps students are testing into credit-bearing college courses, using their hard-earned AmeriCorps scholarship more effectively, and are better-equipped to persevere and succeed.
“I am currently taking classes at Merritt College in radiology. I really want to become a medical assistant and perform ultrasounds. I am grateful I have AmeriCorps to help pay for some of my costs. Even as I conclude my internship with Oakland Housing Authority, I am excited for the next steps in my education and career.” Ann Hernandez – Civicorps Class of 2018