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Corpsmember of the Quarter: Sharif Ahmad

Corpsmember of the Quarter: Sharif Ahmad

Sharif is someone who is consistent, punctual, dependable, and above all, has a mature and positive attitude. A natural born leader, his peers and fellow Corpsmembers listen to his counsel, and often ask for his guidance. He is our Job Training Center’s...

What’s new at the Job Training Center?

What’s new at the Job Training Center?

A new parking lot! Stop by and check out the new parking lot at our Job Training Center. We refurbished our parking lot, removing existing pavement and installing new asphalt, restriping new parking lines, and installing a 7′ high heavy grade iron fence and...

“Just Keep Doing You”

“Just Keep Doing You”

Like many of our current staff, Monique “Mo” Williams joined the Civicorps family as a Corpsmember (technically, she joined the East Bay Conservation Corps, as we were called in 1999 when Mo first came through our doors). Over the following 20 years, she...

#NoFilter, Just Nature

#NoFilter, Just Nature

“This is beyond me!” Mani* shouts as she realizes how tough carrying a 65L backpack is while hiking up a mountain. Corpsmembers ahead of her would hear her and shout back, “but you’re doing it!” The support and encouragement to move forward was the highlight of this...

Got E-waste?

Got E-waste?

Got E-waste? Are you an Oakland resident? Come to Oakland’s Bulky Block Party on the last Saturday of each month, where you’ll find Civicorps Recycling collecting all your E-waste. This partnership with the City of Oakland allows residents to remove E-waste...

Another Grad Goes Wild

Another Grad Goes Wild

It’s exciting to introduce a new guest blogger, Civicorps’ Lead Counselor Natasha Vinakor, who shares another story about the backcountry: Road Trip to the Eastern Sierras It was a great road trip. I tagged along with Job Training Coordinator Steven...

A Backcountry Graduation party

A Backcountry Graduation party

The Klamath Crew Celebrates One of Their Own Earlier this month, we saluted our Spring 2019 graduates as they prepared to walk the stage to receive their high school diplomas. Here’s a little secret we’ve been keeping: while 19 students graduated on June...

A Journey to Graduation

A Journey to Graduation

Here at Civicorps, we witness daily moments of resiliency and determination among our students.  Because our program is year-round, we have the privilege of being with our Corpsmembers day after day, month after month and in many cases, year after year. Their personal...

Book Club: Wisdom from Playwright, August Wilson!

Book Club: Wisdom from Playwright, August Wilson!

“Something is not always better than nothing.” – August Wilson, How I Learned What I Learned Civicorps’ book club meets every Wednesday during lunch to share insight and discussion of the book selected for the term. We recently read August Wilson’s Fences, a play...

Corpsmember of the Quarter: Monique Peña

Corpsmember of the Quarter: Monique Peña

As Food Intern, Monique has done an incredible job with Civicorps’ food program, bringing in savory, delicious foods, and offering a variety of healthy meals to Corpsmembers. She is consistently concerned about quality and about the well-being of the community....

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

A guest blog by Steven Addison, Job Training Coordinator at Civicorps On Sunday, April 21, Civicorps said goodbye to Corpsmembers Sahsae Robertson and Josh Ballard as they took a leap of faith and joined the California Conservation Corps’ 40 year old Backcountry...

Civicorps goes to Sacramento

Civicorps goes to Sacramento

They left Oakland at the crack of dawn outfitted in their Corps gear and prepped to tell their personal stories. They arrived in Sacramento early but bright-eyed, enjoyed the beauty of our state Capitol building and got ready to spend the day repping Civicorps.  Along...

College and Career Fair 2019

College and Career Fair 2019

Every spring, Civicorps holds a College and Career Fair to inspire and inform our Corpsmembers as they consider their futures after graduation.  We held our latest College and Career Fair on Friday, April 5.  During a series of presentations, students learned about...

Just Jobs for Waste Workers featuring Civicorps

Just Jobs for Waste Workers featuring Civicorps

If you live in California, you’re probably already used to the fact that the rest of the country follows our lead on innovations in everything from tech products to the entertainment industry to environmental policy.  We’re proud to say that...

#MadeinAmeriCorps

#MadeinAmeriCorps

While our Corpsmembers work in job training serving our community environmentally, they accumulate hours and money towards their AmeriCorps scholarships. During job training, youth work on contracts for some of the largest employers in the East Bay such as Caltrans,...