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.

After running a GED preparation program for 12 years it was evident that our Corpsmembers were seeking a more robust education; therefore in 1995, Oakland Unified School District approved our charter to become a high-school diploma program, making us the only high school for young adults, age 18 – 26, in the entire district. We were also one of the first 100 charters approved in the State of California. 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 and have worked to continuously improve our program model each year.