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.
Oct 14, 2013

East LA Learning Garden Changes Lives

Corpsmembers harvest vegetables for the community
Corpsmembers harvest vegetables for the community

Fall has officially begun at the East LA Learning Garden and thanks to your support, new winter crops were planted last weekend during a community work day.  Volunteers including nearby residents, local students and LA Community Garden Council volunteers gathered to plant kale, arugula, radishes, green onions, spinach, potatoes, beets, cabbage, carrots and cilantro.

In preparation for the event, corpsmembers practiced their presentation skills by spending several weeks canvassing the neighborhood, asking local community members what vegetables they would like to have planted at the garden.  77% of those surveyed expressed interest in attending gardening and cooking classes.  Every Sunday, neighbors are invited to attend Market Day, where they can help harvest the crops and take home some of the produce at a nominal cost.  The remaining vegetables are donated to the Downtown Women’s Center, which provides vital services and three nutritious meals each day for over 150 homeless women who utilize its Day Center.  Your contribution is making a real impact every day!

Corpsmember Steve Bernal has been working in the garden since we broke ground in 2011.  He helped terrace the hillside, build the garden beds and install the irrigation system.  He has taken advantage of every opportunity that is offered, completing the Master Gardener workshops and participating in nutritional cooking classes.  He helps coordinate Sunday Market Day – even bringing his mother (pictured below) – and works on the crew that is building Little Green Fingers children’s gardens throughout Los Angeles County (see the video link below).  Steve has decided to become a chef and in addition to working for the LA Corps, he has two other jobs (one in a restaurant in Santa Monica) while also attending LA Trade Technical College’s culinary program.

Thank you for making these opportunities possible for Steve and all the deserving corpsmembers at our East LA Center!

If you would like to make another contribution to the East LA Learning Garden, please consider donating on Wedndesday, October 23rd - Global Giving's Bonus Day!  Donations will be match 30% (until funds run out) and a $1,000 award will be given to the project that has the most contributions on that day.  We would be very grateful if you could share this Bonus Day information with your social networks.

We welcome you to visit the East LA Learning Garden!  Please contact me at vgoto@lacorps.org or come by on Market Day, which takes place on Sundays from 9am to 1pm.  Don’t forget to bring your basket or reusable bag to take home some veggies!

Thank you again for all your support! 

Steve and his mom at Market Day with a neighbor
Steve and his mom at Market Day with a neighbor
Steve seems hesitant about the kale but liked it!
Steve seems hesitant about the kale but liked it!
Steve
Steve's crew completes gardening training
Sunday Market banner in Spanish
Sunday Market banner in Spanish
Sunday Market banner translation in English
Sunday Market banner translation in English

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Sep 16, 2013

Domineisha Prepares for Nursing Career Internship

Domineisha receives a laptop from Microsoft
Domineisha receives a laptop from Microsoft

Your generous donations helped jumpstart Domineisha's nursing career. Her project is fully funded thanks to your support! Domineisha is very excited to begin an internship early next year with full confidence her financial needs will be met while she dedicates her skills to college classes and a rewarding internship. She is happy to report she recently moved her family to a safer apartment and obtained a living wage job at the Los Angeles International Airport. Domineisha Edwards is a 2013 Russell Kantor Scholarship recipient. Her inspiring story is featured in the Microsoft Youth Spark blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftupblog/archive/2013/06/11/give-for-youth-domineisha.aspx

This month Suphatra Laviolette, Digital Marketing Manager for Microsoft Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs, visited the LA Corps from Seattle with photographer Mike Kane to write an article for Microsoft's YouthSpark blog as a follow up to the Give For Youth online fundraising campaign. During the photo shoot, Domineisha visited the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to retrace the positive experiences she gained while being an LA Conservation Corps member. She reconnected with her former supervisors and co-workers at the Sea Laboratory in Redondo Beach and the Transition program. Suphatra and Mike learned more about our programs and services and had the opportunity to meet with Young Adult Corps participants and scholarship recipients to find out how the LA Corps has impacted their lives. Domineisha received a laptop computer, just in time for the new school year!

Microsoft YouthSpark is a companywide initiative designed to create opportunities for hundreds of millions of youth around the world. Look out for the follow-up blog article at the end of September, when YouthSpark celebrates its one year anniversary.

Thank you for your continued support!

Viki Goto and Roxana Aguilar

Grateful to receive a laptop from Microsoft
Grateful to receive a laptop from Microsoft
The Sea Laboratory site in Redondo Beach
The Sea Laboratory site in Redondo Beach
Visit to Sea Laboratory and gardens
Visit to Sea Laboratory and gardens
Jul 16, 2013

East LA Learning Garden Competing in Photo Contest

Our entry in the Green category
Our entry in the Green category

We are so excited that our photo from the Grand Opening of the East LA Learning Garden was selected as one of the 75 finalists to compete for $1,000 in the GlobalGiving photo contest!

The voting started yesterday and runs through July 31st.  The winner will receive $1,000 for their project and the runners up will be featured for one day on GlobalGiving's homepage!

As our wonderful supporter, we hope that you will vote for our photo by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/13nZCJF.  You will have to confirm your vote through an email that will be sent to you (to ensure there is no robo-voting!)

We are currently 32 out of 75 - not bad when competing against cute puppies!  Please consider sharing our post with your social media network by clicking on our Facebook link included below.

On behalf of all of our corpsmembers, students and staff, thanks so much for your continued enthusiasm for our East LA Learning Garden!

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