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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6 Students' Journey to Graduation

Students’ Journey

[sg_popup id=”1″][/sg_popup]On December 18th, over 15 students will graduate with their high school diploma. Read how Civicorps helped 6 students reach this milestone and what’s next for these successful youth!

6 Students' Journey to Graduation / CivicorpsDelarrion
Civicorps helped me earn a high school diploma and gave me the opportunity to lead a crew. Through Civicorps, I landed an outstanding job at Schnitzer Steel, where I am working my way to the top.


6 Students' Journey to Graduation / CivicorpsTyneisha
Civicorps has allowed me to continue my education and make a better life for my baby. After I graduate, I am going to community college. I want to study nursing to become a CNA.

6 Students' Journey to Graduation / CivicorpsLouis
Civicorps has made me a better person. It has made me feel more grown, and more accomplished. I feel more motivated because of the staff and everyone who supported me here. After graduation, I am thinking about applying to work for the City of Oakland.

6 Students' Journey to Graduation / CivicorpsTramicsha
Civicorps changed my life. I showed up everyday, I did everything that they told me to do, I was encouraged, and I followed through on everything I wanted to do and said I would do at the beginning. Now, to see myself about to graduate is very exciting and overwhelming but it’s a great success and I’m glad I finally reached it. After Civicorps, I plan to continue to go to college to get my nursing degree.

6 Students' Journey to Graduation / CivicorpsJerome
Civicorps helped me see my real goals and kept my mind focused on them. After graduation, I would like to get a job with CalTrans, or Alameda County Flood Control and build my skills.

6 Students' Journey to Graduation / CivicorpsAlex
I used to depend on other people a lot more, but Civicorps has made me a more independent person. I also really like helping people now. After graduation, I plan on attending college.

Join us for the joyous celebration on December 18th — RSVP today for this free event!

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Mock Interview Panel

Mock Interview 

On Friday, 11 volunteers conducted mock interviews with our future graduates! We welcomed volunteers from Salesforce, The Crucible, HiveQuest, and retired individuals to help our students sharpen their interview skills.

Many students were nervous when they sat down for their first interview, but by the end, they were bursting with confidence!

“Even though the students were nervous, they came across as prepared and confident.” – Volunteer

Mock Interview Panel / Civicorps

It was also an inspiring experience for our volunteers:

“Interviewing is an important skill, so I’m happy to provide an opportunity for practice and improvement.”

“It’s vital to help youth develop skills that provide a pathway to financial stability, so I’m happy to help Civicorps students gain those skills.”

Interested in volunteering at the next Mock Interview Panel in April? Sign Up below!

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Hear Felipa's Story

Hear Felipa's Story / CivicorpsFelipa’s Story

In May, StoryCorps came to Civicorps to interview six students’ stories to be stored in the Library of Congress. Each of the students was interviewed by either another student or a staff member.

This was a historic moment for our students to have their stories of struggle and triumph be recorded, shared, and then saved in the Library of Congress.

Please enjoy Felipa’s story:


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10-Day Backpacking Trip!

On August 21, two Civicorps staff took a group of seven students up to the Emigrant Wilderness for a ten-day backpacking trip. This was a once in a lifetime experience for these youth — most of whom had never left Oakland.

Throughout the trip, students and staff grew in strength and spirit. One participant, Anton, experienced a profound moment nearly every hour. During appreciations on the last night, Anton said he had always been depressed and never knew what it meant to be happy, but being on this trip in the wilderness, he felt happy for the first time. That night, we climbed the granite slab 500 feet under the full moon and watched as Anton saw his first shooting star. Another student, Ratcha, learned to swim on the trip, with the help on many of his fellow participants. Avante, while standing on top of a mountain, looking out over the valley and lakes below, said being out in the wilderness made him realize, “You really don’t need much, no cars, no TV, not too much.”

10-Day Backpacking Trip / Civicorps

Students were interested in the local flora and fauna as well. One student, Emily, was keen on identifying edible plants, including wild onion, which we found plenty of. Another student was regularly identifying the birds of prey above us. We were even able to watch an osprey swoop down to Jewelry Lake and grab a fish, flying back to the top of a lodge pole pine to feast. Angie would curl up in her tent with the Audubon Guide to California Flora and Fauna as the sun set, brushing up on the local wildlife.

10-Day Backpacking Trip / Civicorps

Through all the challenges of hiking multiple miles a day, gaining and loosing up to a thousand feet of elevation, and carrying 50 pound packs, the team remained strong in mind, body, and spirit. As Avante said, “Today was great because we walked for many miles now we are at the last lake. I’m kinda sad to leave the wilderness because it made me think a lot and it has changed me in many ways.”

The team each grew in its own ways, whether in self-awareness, as Anton and Ratcha did, realizing happiness and admitting to needing help from others, or in physical stamina, as Angie and Emily did, pushing themselves up and over hills despite burning calf muscles and aching backs. Over ten days in Emigrant Wilderness, each member of the team learned a lot about the enormous natural world as well as about their inner selves.

10-Day Backpacking Trip / Civicorps

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