Civicorps Receives Community Partnership Award

On Thursday, April 19th, Civicorps was presented with Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Merit Finalist Award. This prestigious national  award recognized Civicorps’ Teamster Union Apprenticeship Career Pathway Program in partnership with Waste Management that provides a pathway to lucrative union careers in truck transportation.

The award luncheon was held at the Oakland Marriott City Center Skyline Room where 100 guests enjoyed the sweeping views of Oakland during the awards ceremony. Theodore Herman, Vice Chairman of Mutual of America Foundation and Abbas Moloo, Regional Vice President of Mutual of America made opening remarks. Then, Thomas Gilliam, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of America presented certificates to organizations who helped create this career pathway:

Phil Dillard, Board President; Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney; Alan Lessik, Executive Direcotor; Minna Tao, Recology Golden Gate

Mayor Libby Schaaf, gave a powerful speech on unity and perseverance, recognizing the strengths of the partnership. Then, the Mutual of America Foundation presented Civicorps with a $25,000 check. An unexpected surprise!

Mayor Libby Schaaf

To honor those key individuals who helped create this partnership, one-of-a-kind commemorative coins were presented to Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney, Waste

Management’s Jacob Buckley, Teamster Local 70’s Felix Martinez, and Recology Golden Gate’s Minna Tao.

The ceremony was filled with inspiring speeches that demonstrated the strong relationships Oakland has forged to create career pathways for Oakland young adults. Thanks to Mutual of America Foundation and all our partners for a joyous celebration!

Check out photos from the event: FB Album.

Listen to Civicorps on KCBS radio talking about our pioneering partnership.

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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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