Pathways to Union Careers

Civicorps is excited to share the news that our career pathways to union employment are growing by leaps and bounds!

In 2015, Civicorps created 6 apprenticeships/internships in partnership with Waste Management that can lead to lucrative jobs with the Teamster Local 70 and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers unions. Our Waste Management truck-driving apprentices earn over $20/hour, and after two years, they are eligible for union jobs earning $70,000/year while working towards a pension.

“I now have a career I can be proud of.”Pathways to Union Careers / Civicorps
– Wulliam Montolla, Waste Management Apprentice

This innovative partnership inspired us to create more pathways to union employment that help youth go from high-school dropout to union employee in as little as two years. Not only does this move the needle on employment, but also increases employment for good jobs that create life-long prosperity.

This year we expanded our partnerships to include Schnitzer Steel, which prepares youth to enter the International Union of Operating Engineers. They first hired two Civicorps graduates and were so impressed with them that they hired two more. One of the hires, Kevin, started in February, and in May, was hired as a full-time union employee.

Pathways to Union Careers / Civicorps

“Civicorps has been my foundation. Without that, I never
would have been able to advance this far.”
– Kevin Saefong, Schnitzer Steel union employee

Waste Management has been so impressed with our intern, Candace, that they are requesting 10 additional interns. In addition, the City of Oakland Public Works just requested 6 graduates to apply. Our Career Counselors are working hard to place youth in these lucrative positions!Pathways to Union Careers / Civicorps

Civicorps has created a strong reputation for producing skilled employees and providing the support both the interns and businesses need to help youth advance in their positions. This, combined with our relationships with three unions, is helping opportunity youth enter one of 36 positions (and counting!) that lead to family-sustaining careers.

Thank you for your support to help create these pathways!

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The Measure of Oakland

The Measure of Oakland

On April 1st, our students performed their original and evocative performance of M4M Remix to a packed house! Our donors enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers before the show and then exciting conversations with the actors following the performance. Also, our student poets performed their original poetry before the play began!

Set in Oakland and inspired by Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure, The Measure of Oakland (M4M Remix) explored the topics of consent, power, and justice in modern society.

The Measure of Oakland / Civicorps

Creative Process

In January and February, directors Stephen Muterspaugh and Maryssa Wanlass of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival began private interviews with about 20 students from Civicorps. In the interviews, students were asked about their experiences living in Oakland, and they shared intimate stories and reflections on their lives. These stories were then used by playwright Davern Wright to shape an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure – the play that Civicorps performed in the fall. He worked hard to write the script in a way that reflected the themes and experiences of life in modern day Oakland, through our students’ eyes. What truly made this original theatrical performance both heart-breaking and inspiring, is that many portions of the script were born out of the true experiences of our students.

The Measure of Oakland / Civicorps

Life-Changing Experience for our Students

“It was a lot of work, but it was cool. I felt famous.” – Tai

“This is my third Shakespeare play. I love it because it’s pushed me to prepare for my future.” – Telicia

“Shakespeare taught me how to act, and I can take that anywhere with me in life.” – Kyndall

“Shakespeare helps me open up to be a better person.” – Miki

Play Synopsis

As the newly appointed mayor of Oakland, Sampson vows to “clean up” the city. He devises a plan to incarcerate all of the poor citizens of the city, in order to build high-rise luxury apartments for the rich. His transformation of the city is unprecedented and appears unstoppable. Will the community be able to come together to cease this injustice, or will the city of Oakland become another haven for the wealthy? This original theatrical performance will find an answer to this dilemma, while highlighting the power and importance of reclaiming personal voice and allowing our stories to be heard.

Check out pictures from the powerful performance!

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E-Waste Drop-Off Collection Event!

E-Waste Drop-Off Collection Event! / CivicorpsE-Waste

Drop off your unwanted electronics for FREE on April 21st and 22nd!

10am to 3pm
155  Myrtle St. in the parking lot on 3rd Street between Myrtle & Filbert St.

The devices can be in good condition, broken, or non-functioning.

Items That We Can Take

  • TV’s and CRT Monitors *
  • Flat Screen / LCD Panels & Plasma Screens*
  • Rear Projection TVs *
  • Laptops *
  • PC / CPUs *
  • Cell phones, Smartphones
  • Tablets and e-readers
  • Telephonic equipment and Walkie-Talkies
  • Digital cameras, Video Cameras, Projectors,
  • Printers, Scanners, digital adding machines and calculators
  • Networking / Servers equipment
  • Mixed Electronic Waste (keyboards, mice, network cables, power cables, chargers, peripherals, digital clocks, etc.
  • Stereo equipment, radios, tape and CD players/recorders, phonographs (no stand-alone speakers of any type allowed)
  • Small home or office appliances  (no refrigerators or air conditioners)

Sorry but we cannot accept

  • Light bulbs of any type
  • Batteries (except laptop batteries installed in a laptop)
  • Large appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters)
  • Techno Trash such as CDs, VHS tapes and DVD
  • Stand-alone speakers
  • Refrigerators and air conditioners

*Civicorps is registered with the State of California as an E-waste Collector. We are required to verify your I.D. as the owner of certain electronics that are sent to recycle.*

For more information, check out: http://www.civicorpsrecycling.org/e-waste-program/

Questions? Call (510) 992-7871

 

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Social Enterprise Alliance features Civicorps!

Civicorps is proud to be featured on the Social Enterprise Alliance website!Social Enterprise Alliance features Civicorps

The Social Enterprise Alliance, a national organization that provides non-profits with funding and resources, featured Civicorps on their website to highlight our high-impact education and job training program. Deonta for example, found his voice at Civicorps:

“Since I enrolled at Civicorps, I’ve been involved in leadership roles, done lots of public speaking, and represented Civicorps at community events. I feel like I was always a leader, but never had a place to be one until Civicorps.” – Deonta

We are honored that the SEA has taken notice of how our education program and two social enterprises are providing leadership opportunities for Oakland youth. Click here to read the article and share the news with your networks!

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High School Trains Young Adults for Life

Published on School Library Journal by Linda Jacobson on January 21, 2016

High School Trains Young Adults for Life / Civicorps

During her Freshman year Roxanna Elias decided she wasn’t suited for a traditional high school experience. Things seemed chaotic at two different California high schools she attended before trying to earn her diploma through a GED program in Richmond, CA. She felt isolated and didn’t think anyone else shared her struggles.

But as soon as she enrolled in Civicorps Academy, a unique high school attached to a job training program in Oakland, CA, she realized that it didn’t have to be a lonely, frustrating experience. “I saw a big change and I saw the progression really fast,” says 19-year-old Elias. “I can actually become somebody.”

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December Graduation!

December Graduation / CivicorpsGraduation Day

On December 18th, our 18 graduates crossed the stage to earn their high school diploma as the crowd roared with applause for achieving this milestone. Click here to view pictures from the joyful day. Also, check our portrait gallery of our graduates!

“When I stepped onto that stage and looked out to see room packed with people cheering for me, I was blown away! I’ve never felt more supported.”
– Civicorps graduate

Donate today to support our graduates as they take the next step or enrolling in college and securing internships or union apprenticeships!

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