Civicorps’ mission is to re-engage young adults, age 18-26, to earn their high school diplomas, gain job skills, pursue college, and embark on family sustaining careers.
In 1983, Civicorps was founded as one of the first local conservation corps in California and is based on the Civilian Conservation Corps model of land conservation work and formal education.
Early on we discovered that a mix of rigorous academics and paid job training was an effective combination for adults who were disconnected from school and work. We have worked to continuously improve our program model each year.
From 1983 to 1995 we ran a GED preparation program, at which point it was evident that our Corpsmembers were seeking a more robust education.
In 1995, Oakland Unified School District approved the charter for Civicorps Corpsmember Academy, creating a high-school diploma program, making us the first high school for young adults, age 18 – 26, in the entire district.
In 2020-2021, an Ad Hoc Academy Exploration Committee of the Civicorps Board conducted an exhaustive review of options that would allow Civicorps to preserve its mission; engage in paid job training; provide robust support services; sustain a high school diploma program and provide continuity for students; maintain its labor commitments, and protect the organization’s overall long-term financial stability.
Civicorps Corpsmember Academy ceased operations on June 30, 2021. On July 1, 2021, Civicorps began a partnership with Alameda County Office of Education’s Opportunity Academy. We have seamlessly transitioned our students from Civicorps Corpsmember Academy into Opportunity Academy, with independent study courses and 1:1 student-teacher meetings conducted on site at our Myrtle Street location. Our Support Services team continues to deliver wrap-around support to all new and continuing students. Our doors remain open to all young adults age 18-26 seeking a high-school diploma and simultaneous paid job training through our Conservation Program.
To learn more about the decision to transition from Civicorps Corpsmember Academy to Opportunity Academy to provide our high-school diploma program, please click here.