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.
Jul 5, 2013

25 Corpsmembers Successfully Complete Work Readiness

25 Youth Passed Professional Mock Interviews
25 Youth Passed Professional Mock Interviews

On June 20, 2013, the LA Corps partnered with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce to provide comprehensive work readiness training to 25 young adults!  Thanks to generous donors like you, this project has built confidence and professionalism among young adults with limited work experience. The training consisted of hands on workshops in effective communication, career exploration, interviewing, and selecting a professional wardrobe. Participants received first hand tips from working professionals and prepared a personal portfolio. Each portfolio included 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 dressed professionally and made an excellent impression on the interviewers! Thanks to your generous support the LA Corps Transition Team successfully trained 25 young adults for the working world.  

We host volunteer mock interview days on the fourth Thursday of every month for those interested in sharing their professional knowledge. We will also be hosting our 2nd Annual Career Day for corpsmembers and students, taking place on Wednesday July 24th, 2013 from 12:00pm - 3:30pm.  We are currently seeking Volunteer Speakers to share their career experiences and pathways! Last year students showed a lot of interest in the Career Day event, which was designed to help corpsmembers identify various career opportunities and learn about the type of planning and execution necessary to become successful within a career. For more information about volunteering, please contact Roxana Aguilar at raguilar@lacorps.org or (213) 840-1079.

The next Transition group will graduate on August 15, 2013 and the next Work Readiness mock interview session will be held on August 22, 2013...we hope you will come and visit our South LA or NorthEast LA site soon.  Thank you for your continuing support!

Developed Effective Communication Skills
Developed Effective Communication Skills
Explored College and Career Opportunities
Explored College and Career Opportunities

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May 31, 2013

Harvest Yields Nearly 1,5000 lbs. of Veggies!

Corpsmembers receive training from Master Gardener
Corpsmembers receive training from Master Gardener

Since the Grand Opening of the East LA Learning Garden in February, we have harvested nearly 1,500 pounds of radishes, Swiss chard, lettuce, beets and spinach!  The produce has been distributed to charitable organizations serving the homeless, including the Downtown Women's Center and the West Side Food Bank.  We have also made fresh produce available to local residents, our corpsmembers, and to Community Services Unlimited for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. 

The Garden recently obtained its Growers Certification from the County of Los Angeles Agriculture Commission on Weights and Measures, an annual certification program that allows us to sell low-cost produce from a Farm Stand on site that will help fund operational expenses (i.e. water) and provide locally grown, fresh produce for the community. 

Thanks to a generous grant from The Boeing Company, we were also able to install a rainwater capture system that could potentially harvest over 3,000 gallons of rainwater per year and reduce potable water usage and expense.  Corpsmembers received classroom and on-the-job training under the guidance of program partners Terrasophia and the American Rainwater Catchment System Association to complete the project.

For anyone interested in getting their hands dirty, we have volunteer harvesting days on Mondays and will host some planting work days during the weekends this summer.  For more information about volunteering, please contact Teague Weybright at tweybright@gmail.com.  The next crop is tomatoes...we hope you will come and visit the East LA Learning Garden soon.  Thank you for your continuing support!

Rainwater catchment system is installed
Rainwater catchment system is installed
Planting the next crop of melons and pumpkins
Planting the next crop of melons and pumpkins
Chard and lettuce ready for harvest
Chard and lettuce ready for harvest
Mar 4, 2013

East LA Learning Garden Grand Opening Celebration!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On February 18, 2013, the East LA Learning Garden and Mott Street Farm welcomed the local community to celebrate its Grand Opening!  Thanks to generous donors like you, this two-year project has officially launched its efforts to provide fresh, affordable produce to community residents, valuable outdoor classroom space for students and a gathering place for community workshops and activities.  A portion of the food grown on the site will be donated to a local food bank and restaurant partners have agreed to purchase their produce from Mott Street Farm to help pay for the operational expenses of running the site.

The day began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in which the Garden's supporters were recognized, along with some of the founding members of the Mothers of East LA, who had created the first garden on the site over 20 years ago.  Bruce Saito - Executive Director of the LA Conservation Corps and Alex Lopez - Director of the LA Corps' East LA Center were joined by Al Renner and Teague Weybright of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, partners who will operate the Mott Street Farm to cut the green ribbon.  Ta-Lecia Arbor from the City of Los Angeles was also present to lend her support.  The Garden was featured on the local ABC News as well as the Spanish-language station Univision 34.  Please check out the links below to view the stories!

There were a variety of activities to introduce the community residents to the new garden space - many commented that they had been watching the progress our corpsmembers were making in transforming the lot from a weed-infested hillside to a beautiful community asset.  Chef Marissa Ayala conducted a cooking demonstration to show residents how to make quick and easy dishes from fresh produce from the garden.  Students from the neighboring Soto Street Early Childhood Center and local elementary school helped plant lettuce and radishes.  Two citrus trees were planted - with more to come - and residents were able to take trees home to plant in their own gardens.

In the upcoming months, the corpsmembers will be installing a water catchment system (capturing rainwater from the roof of the gazebo) and building a composting center.  We will continue to raise funds to conduct community workshops on water conservation strategies, composting at home and nutrition.  For more photos of the Grand Opening celebration, please visit our photo album by clicking on the link attached below or going to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lacorps.

Thank you again for helping to make this day possible!

Kids planting radish seeds
Kids planting radish seeds
Kids learning to plant lettuce
Kids learning to plant lettuce
Chef Ayala
Chef Ayala's cooking demonstration

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