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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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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Civicorps featured in Waste Management Blog!

Waste Management featured Civicorps in its latest blog:

Building our Community

A unique relationship between Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) and Civicorps is helping to change the outlook for these four young adults and building a foundation for future generations. This relationship was also made possible through the help of the Teamsters Local 70 and the Machinists Local 1526.

Civicorps, an Oakland-based education and job training nonprofit, offers young adults a chance to earn a high school diploma and the job training necessary for them to have successful careers. Part of the nonprofits’ job training program includes a commercial recycling collection service.

The four young adults currently working at WMAC have similar stories and one common goal: become successful in their chosen careers. All four made decisions several years ago to change their life and begin working to a brighter future.

Civicorps featured in Waste Management Blog!

“I just got tired of working my part-time job, I wasn’t going anywhere,” said Andrew Saelio, 20, a mechanic intern. “Now, working here, I’m learning something every day.”

Wuillian Montolla, 27, and Corey Lever, 25, are also learning new skills as they collect compostable materials from restaurants as teamster apprentices. Both said they are thankful for the opportunity and dedicated towards making sure they will have a successful career.

“I now have a career I can be proud of,” Montolla said. “Civicorps and this program changed my life.”

Civicorps featured in Waste Management Blog!

If you haven’t already, welcome Candice, Andrew, Wuillian and Corey to the team. They’re working hard to ensure their futures are bright.

Thank you Waste Management for featuring our youth!

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Making Career Connections

“At first I thought I was coming here just to get a check. Now I realize that Civicorps is more than that, it’s an awakening!” Radisha, Class of 1998

On April 1st, we hosted a College and Career Fair to introduce our students to a variety of pathways they can take to advance their career. We kicked off the fair with a panel of alumni who shared what they learned from Civicorps as well as offered advice to current students.

Making Career Connections / Civicorps

“Civicorps taught me to never quit. That pushed me to keep climbing up the ladder to accomplish my goals.”Brandon, Class of 2014

Immediately after the panel, students participated in interactive workshops where they discussed: transferring to a university from a community college, choosing the right major, entering apprenticeships, and pursuing career opportunities in technology, engineering, journalism, human resources, and culinary arts.

Workshops were led by:

  • 42, Inc.
  • Tradeswomen
  • Pipefitters
  • Lather’s Apprenticeships
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Waste Management
  • Beyond Emancipation
  • San Jose State University
  • Laney College

 “My favorite workshop was the SJSU presentation. It encouraged me to go to college!” – Dlorah, current student

Students also networked with presenters to make connections that will aid them in pursing college, internships, or apprenticeships following graduation.

“I loved talking to Brisha. The Waste Management workshop motivated me to keep pushing forward no matter what!” – Liz Marie, current student

Check out pictures from the fair on our Facebook, and wish our students well on their future endeavors!

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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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