LA Conservation Corps

The LA Conservation Corps' primary mission is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.
Apr 14, 2014

15 LA Corpsmembers Gained Work Readiness Skills

LA Corpsmember ready for professional interview
LA Corpsmember ready for professional interview

Your generous donations provide work readiness training and interview outfits for LA Corpsmembers. The LA Corps continues to partner with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce to provide comprehensive work readiness training for corpsmembers. 15 young adults participated in mock interviews on February 28, 2014 after a week of Work Readiness training taught by Transition Coordinator, Roxana Aguilar.  All participants received first hand tips from working professionals and prepared a personal portfolio. Each portfolio includes a resume and application for an employment opportunity of their choice. Corpsmembers received a gift card to purchase interview clothing. They dressed professionally and made an excellent impression on the interviewers. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers: Board members Dawn Wilson & Marisol Salguero, and long time Corps supporter, Julie Waxman, for interviewing and giving advice to corpsmembers! 

Thank you for your generous support the LA Corps Transition team successfully trained 15 young adults for the working world! Interested in continuing to support the LA Conservation Corps? Like us at LA Conservation Corps Facebook and support one of our global giving projects Keep Los Angeles Youth Employed and In School

Thank you,

Roxana Aguilar

Vocational Training Coordinator

*Name changed to protect participants identity

LA Corpsmembers motivated to succeed in interview
LA Corpsmembers motivated to succeed in interview

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Apr 14, 2014

Little Green Fingers Updates Spring 2014

Child Watering a Newly Planted Tree
Child Watering a Newly Planted Tree

Thanks to the philanthropic support of First 5 LA and countless corporate and individual sponsors, Little Green Fingers now has four completed gardens in food desert communities throughout LA County and will soon be building two more towards completing 8 model garden programs especially designed for families with young children. Each garden provides a unique community garden partnership model and includes training programs with a certified University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, as well as a cooking/nutrition program for families.

The program also includes a long-term health study to evaluate the ongoing health benefits of the program for participating children and their families. All of the gardens were designed by community members in partnership with the landscape architect firm DakeLuna. The garden beds and landscaping were constructed by the LA Conservation Corps members (at-risk youth aged 18-24 who receive invaluable paid job training and educational opportunities) with the assistance of community volunteers.

The following gardens have completed construction.

  • Mariposa-Nabi (Butterfly) Garden located in Koreatown in partnership with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
  • West Athens Victory Garden located in South LA in partnership with the LA Neighborhood Land Trust
  • Villa Parke Community Center Rooftop Garden located in Pasadena in partnership with the City of Pasadena
  • El Cariso Mountain Garden/El Cariso Jardin de la Montaña located in Sylmar in partnership with El Cariso Community Regional Park

SPRING OPENINGS

This Spring, Little Green Fingers is pleased to host the official Grand Opening Community Events for the Villa Park Community Center garden in Pasadena (April 26) and for El Cariso Mountain Garden in Sylmar (May 17). We anticipate having hundreds of community members joining local and state elected leaders at both events. The Grand Openings mark the completion of community design meetings, volunteer work days, assignment of garden plots and the first plantings by the garden families.

NEW GARDEN CONSTRUCTION

Little Green Fingers is also busy with new garden construction projects. The 5th Little Green Fingers garden will be built this Spring and Summer in Lancaster in conjunction with a new affordable and transitional housing development and its 6th garden will be built in East Los Angeles at the Wellness Center at the historic General Hospital. Our team is also exploring sites for a future garden in the Long Beach/Wilmington communities.

COOKING/NUTRITION PROGRAMS

Thanks to the Walt Disney Company, the Southern California Gas Company, and Whole Foods, Little Green Fingers is providing supplemental cooking and nutrition classes for participating gardener families. Gardeners at our West Athens Victory Garden will be completing their class with a special graduation ceremony in the garden on April 17th that will be filmed by a national television program. Future cooking and nutrition classes will be held for the El Cariso gardeners (Villa Parke gardeners also will be offered classes funded by a non-profit organization outside of the Little Green Fingers collaborative).

AWARENESS RAISING & SPONSORSHIPS

Whole Foods Santa Monica picked Little Green Fingers to be their featured 5% partner for a recent marketing and fundraising promotion held in their store that raised nearly $5,000. Thousands of Whole Foods shoppers were made aware of the Little Green Fingers initiative through bag stuffers and social media blasts. Whole Foods Pasadena is also supporting the Little Green Fingers initiative. For the second year in a row, The Walt Disney Company and the Southern California Gas Company provided generous sponsorship for some of the cooking and nutrition programs offered at the gardens.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

The Little Green Fingers team leaders recently met for a half day retreat to plan for the long-term success and growth of the initiative with the hope of expanding garden programs to benefit low-income families in communities throughout LA County and beyond.

MEDIA COVERAGE

The Little Green Fingers initiative has been fortunate to receive significant local and national coverage.

Children Treating Garden Bed Wood
Children Treating Garden Bed Wood
Garden Build with Supervisor Yaroslavsky
Garden Build with Supervisor Yaroslavsky

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Mar 14, 2014

Water Education at the SEA Lab

Jellies cultured at the SEA LAb
Jellies cultured at the SEA LAb

The SEA Lab facility corpsmembers (corpsmembers are our program trainees) have been learning the requirements to raise moon jellies.  They have been caring for about 100 tiny ephyra (the first life stage of a sea jelly), they have been hatching brine shrimp for food for the jellies and closely observing their behavior to ensure survival.

The SEA Lab education corpsmembers are now teaching water conservation programs sponsored by the local Municipal Water Districts. With the current drought conditions gripping Southern California our teams cannot educate enough people about water conservation and how they can make smart choices to help conserve water.  The SEA Lab has two outreach vehicles "the Travelling Tidepool" that are equipped to go out into the community and teach at Los Angeles inner city schools, providing learning opppounities for students not able to travel to the SEA Lab.  The vehicles transport sea creatures to the schools to engage kids through touch and interactive educational programs.  SEA Lab's on-site and outreach programs have taught more than 1000 students this year.

The SEA Lab is currently training six new corpsmemebrs this month, stay tuned for updates.

Loading the Travelling Tidepoool
Loading the Travelling Tidepoool
Feeding time
Feeding time

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