Our Philosophy

At Civicorps we believe that every young person deserves a high-quality education in a supported and positive environment as well as a career that is rewarding, challenging, and personally fulfilling.  In order to deliver the best services possible for our participants, we are fully staffed with professionals in education, social work, and job training.  All staff are trained in the theories of Trauma-Informed Care, Harm Reduction, and Restorative Justice; with which our programs are aligned.

As the only charter school for adults age 18-26 in the East Bay, we take our work seriously and do all that we can to educate and empower participants to believe in their talents, experience the world beyond their comfort zone, access new opportunities, and create professional networks that will continue to build in their future.

Recognizing the challenges our participants may have already faced, and may continue to face, we provide comprehensive wrap-around counseling services, communication and conflict resolution training, cohort and team building experiences, and support with transportation and nutrition needs. These additional supports are critical to our mission as we reconnect young people to their academic and career goals.

Read more about the Operating Principles that govern our work.

Notes from the Executive Director

Seven Days Later: A Note From Alan

“When individuals in our society speak or act out of hatred against a whole group of people based solely on superficial appearance, it is a reflection of the mental state of our whole society. We don’t escape because we are not the ones hating.” – Zenju Earthlyn...

We are, and always will be, a Sanctuary School

As the grandchild of immigrants who sought opportunity and freedom in the US at the turn of the previous century, I know that having a fierce motivation to succeed is not limited by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or immigration status....

Today, we are fortifying our commitment

Today at Civicorps we are fortifying our commitment to the values that guide our work: Quality Education for All We believe that everyone is entitled to quality education. Each year, we work with over 150 young adults, age 18-26, who are motivated by a fierce desire...

A Note from Alan: 10 Days Later…

It has been 10 days since the election, and like a lot of you, I have been at times overcome with questions about the future, worries about safety, and feelings of fear and uncertainty. Many of us have been thinking about what we might lose in the coming years. But...