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.
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
Feb 11, 2014

East LA Learning Garden's New Garden Beds!

Corpsmembers working on our new garden beds
Corpsmembers working on our new garden beds

It has been a busy winter at our East Los Angeles Learning Garden! Our Corpsmembers worked at the garden leveling a new area for additional community garden beds. These garden beds will serve as both an outdoor classroom as well as working beds for the community of Boyle Heights.  In total, the crew excavated approximately 10 cubic yards of soil, constructed 13 (3’ X 6’) garden beds, and installed landscape fabric.  The LA Corps will be ordering soil to backfill the beds next month.

The crew also provided maintenance to the existing beds by removing weeds from the walking paths, repaired the decomposed granite walking path, fabricated and installed a bulletin board and provided general maintenance in the form of weed  and litter abatement. 

Being that harvesting season ended in October, the garden had no community harvest days since then. We will resume our Sunday Community Harvest days this month!

In total, 12 young adult corpsmembers received marketable job training while working at the East LA Learning Garden.  They learned how to operate equipment such as our bobcat and a walk-behind trencher, used multiple hand tools, learned plant and tree identification and light carpentry.

Thank you for continuing to make these opportunities possible for our corpsmembers and this urban garden thrive.

If you would like to make another contribution to the East LA Learning Garden, please consider donating on Wednesday, February 12th- the 1st Global Giving Bonus Day of 2014! Donations will be matched at 30% (until funds run out) and a $1000 award will be given to the project that as the most contributions on that day. We would be very grateful if you could share this Bonus Day information with your social networks.

If you’re interested in visiting our special garden, please contact me at tleung@lacorps.org or come by on our Harvest days, which take place on Sundays from 9am to 1pm. Remember to bring your baskets or reusable bag to take home some veggies!

Thank you again for all of your support!

Our growing garden
Our growing garden
Nurturing our newest plants
Nurturing our newest plants
We
We're looking forward to this month's harvest!

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Jan 30, 2014

LA Corpsmember Prepared for New Work Opportunities

Work Readiness participant is Ready to interview
Work Readiness participant is Ready to interview

Your generous donations provide work readiness training and interview outfits for LA Corpsmembers. The LA Corps partnered with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce to provide two comprehensive work readiness trainings to 30 young adults. Thanks to generous donors like you, this project has built confidence and professionalism among young adults participating in the LA Conservation Corps. Christen Summers,* an LA Conservation corpsmember who recently took part in work readiness training, states she "is very grateful and excited to join a training that will help me now and in my future." She completed a professional portfolio and passed a professional mock interview. In addition to gaining new skills, she also received a gift card to obtain interview clothing. She has been a corpsmember for the last seven months and attends high school at The Education Corps. She works part-time while she attends school. Once she graduates from high school she will use the skills gained in the work readiness training to transition into full-time, living wage employment.

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. After completing a resume and application, each participant was interviewed by a working professional and given suggestions for improvement. Corpsmembers received a gift card to purchase interview clothing. They dressed professionally and made an excellent impression on the interviewers. Thanks to your generous support the LA Corps Transition team successfully trained 30 young adults for the working world! Interested in using your professional skills to make a difference? We need professionals to conduct professional mock interviews. Our next mock interview session is Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 8:30am to 12pm. For more information about volunteering, please contact Roxana Aguilar at raguilar@lacorps.org or (213) 840-1079.

Thank you for helping us prepare LA Conservation corpsmembers for work opportunities! Interested in continuing to support the LA Conservation Corps? Like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/LACorps and support one of our global giving projects https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/the-sea-lab-marine-science-aquarium-fish-conservation/

Thank you,

Roxana Aguilar

Vocational Training Coordinator

*Name changed to protect participants identity

Work Readiness participant passed mock interview
Work Readiness participant passed mock interview
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