CONSERVATION CORPS NORTH BAY INC

A path to a better future

Novato, CA   |  www.ccnorthbay.org

Mission

To develop youth and conserve natural resources for a resilient, sustainable, and equitable community. We achieve our mission by: Providing young adults with opportunities to enhance their lives through paid work, education, employability, civic engagement, and leadership. Partnering with the community to conserve and restore natural resources and improve recreational and public areas. Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Creating the environmental leaders of the future by teaching environmental ethics and behaviors to local youth. Making communities safer by reducing hazards and by responding to public emergencies and disasters.

Ruling year info

1982

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Angel Minor

Main address

Conservation Corps North Bay 11 Pimentel Court

Novato, CA 94949 USA

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Formerly known as

Marin Conservation Corps

EIN

94-2831592

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All of CCNB's incoming corpsmembers live below the poverty line and are confronting multiple issues such as homelessness, a history of incarceration, lack of education, and/or limited English language skills that make them more susceptible to lifelong economic and social hardships. Although each young person comes to CCNB with a different set of obstacles and dreams, all corpsmembers have one thing in common—they are ready and willing to do what it takes to build a better life.

We achieve our mission by:

Providing a diverse group of youth and young adults with opportunities to transform their lives through paid work, education, employability, civic engagement, and leadership.

Caring for our environment by conserving and restoring natural resources, and by improving recreational and public areas.

Making communities safer by reducing hazards and by responding to public emergencies and disasters.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career Pathways

Corpsmembers at CCNB have the opportunity to simultaneously earn a paycheck, work toward their diploma, and receive supportive services. Four days each week are dedicated to paid job training on natural resources and zero waste projects including fire fuel reduction, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, collection of recyclable materials, and much more. Members who have not yet graduated high school supplement this work experience through enrollment in John Muir Charter School, with class sessions in the evening and on Fridays, and work steadily toward their diploma. All corpsmembers also take part in CCNB’s Career Pathways programming, which includes one-on-one case management, weekly skill development workshops, career exploration, and job placement support. This comprehensive suite of services acts as a launching pad for corpsmembers, preparing them to enter a living-wage career and become active members of the communities in which they live.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

Natural Resources, Conservation Corps North Bay's job training program, affords year-round corpsmembers an outstanding opportunity to improve their long-term employment prospects while performing essential services in the areas of conservation, park improvement and fire and flood mitigation to land-management agencies and environmental nonprofits. Through partnerships with dozens of environmental agencies, corpsmembers gain exposure to concepts ranging from invasive species control, to energy efficiency, to public works and community safety. Our intensive program emphasizes safety, quality, and professionalism, with instruction in forestry, native species identification, ecological landscaping, power tool operation, carpentry, and more.

Our crews provide fundamental services to land management agencies and environmental organizations throughout Northern California by providing the “people power” needed to implement large-scale projects. CCNB holds a C-27 Landscape Contractor License and our team of staff supervisors have backgrounds as arborists, wildland firefighters, natural resource technicians, biological monitors, and landscapers. Our Natural Resources Crews help our community with:

Fire fuel reduction
Habitat restoration
Trail construction and maintenance
Flood prevention
Invasive species removal
Erosion control
Low-water native plant landscaping
Carpentry
Energy efficiency projects

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps is a workforce training and ecosystem education program aimed at employing youth and young adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship. The Youth Ecology Corps provides youth and young adults paychecks, valuable work experience, environmental education, and the opportunity to contribute to their community through ongoing outdoor experiences.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

Each year, CCNB’s corpsmembers collect approximately 200 tons of recyclable beverage containers from more than 500 sites throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties. Corpsmembers build fire-resistant recycling bins, provide recycling services at large and small community events, and process the containers for recycling. CCNB is also a certified and permitted e-waste collector and waste-tire hauler. CCNB’s Zero Waste corpsmembers educate the public and process electronic waste (electrical or electronic devices) at sites throughout Marin and Sonoma. In addition, corpsmembers work to remove illegally dumped tires from public lands, and host community amnesty collection events throughout the year. Corpsmembers also provide communities with valuable mattress collection and used motor oil recycling education services. In 2021, CCNB became the first conservation corps in California to launch a new carpet recycling collection program, saving tons of carpet from the landfill.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2011

Awards

Marilee Eckert, CEO, Legacy Achievement Award for 20 Years of Service 2012

The Corps Network

Gary Anspach, Immediate Past Board Chair, Excellence in Board Leadership 2012

Heart of Marin Awards

Marilee Eckert, CEO, Enviromental Hero of the North Bay 2011

Assemblymember Jared Huffman

Conservation Corps North Bay, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence 2010

Heart of Marin Awards

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, Project of the Year 2009

The Corps Network

Waste Reduction Awards Program – Community Recycling, awarded consecutive years 1993-2011 2011

California Resource and Recovery Association

Outstanding HHW/Universal/Electronic Recycling Award 2020

California Resource and Recovery Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of jobs created and maintained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Career Pathways

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

70% of those enrolled completed job skills training. Corpsmembers are at different stages of development while in the program.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of natural habitat restored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Natural Resources Work Experience

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of invasive species removed from managed area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Natural Resources Work Experience

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

169 acres of habitat restoration and invasive species removal.

Total weight of materials recycled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Zero Waste Work Experience

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Corpsmembers collected 788,000 lbs of e-waste and beverage containers for recycling.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Career Pathways

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Conservation Corps North Bay's goals are three-fold – to transition youth from:

- Dropping out of high school to graduating (and pursuing higher education)
- Participating in job training to being job-ready
- Disconnecting from work and school to persisting in employment / school.

Through CCNB, youth with uncertain futures create a better future for all of us, resulting in:

- Increased Educational Attainment: Youth reengage in education and advance their education
- Increased Work-Readiness: Youth gain work experience, industry certifications and essential workplace skills
- Increased Employment: Youth secure gainful, leading to living-wage employment
- Increased Industry: Local businesses gain skilled workers
- Increased Environmental Health: Parklands are restored, communities are kept safe from fires and floods, natural resources are conserved.

Through its work with more than 12,000 at-risk young people since 1982, CCNB understands the complex barriers and workforce development needs of low-income youth. Its programs focus on helping young people address the most fundamental barriers to employment, such as obtaining a high school diploma, learning English, gaining work experience and job readiness skills, and accessing critical social services such as housing and healthcare.

Specifically, CCNB's programs provide youth with:

- Paid-work experience on environmental crews, which mirror an entry-level job. Expectations are rigorous—youth work on projects that demand dependability, teamwork and safety.

- Industry certifications including sawyer, chipper, forklift, bobcat, class B, first-aid/CPR among many others.

- Opportunities for career exploration, including volunteering, job shadowing and internships at local businesses.

- Academic credentialing through its accredited, on-site John Muir Charter Shool to help youth earn a high school diploma and prepare for post-secondary education.

- Leadership and life skills including opportunities to earn merit awards, advance to leadership positions, and learn about financial planning, community and career resources.

- Post-program and job placement support for up to two years upon completion.

CCNB's staff of 45 is headed by Angel Minor, CEO, Deputy Director Tyler Pitts, and an experienced leadership team qualified in youth development, natural resources/zero waste project management, and community engagement.

Youth come to CCNB with a wide variety of needs, so the organization offers numerous paths for success and personalized support. Its tailored education, small class and crew sizes, and support services provide youth with a rigorous and disciplined environment in which to make positive changes in their lives, set and achieve ambitious goals, gain job skills and professional competencies, and contribute to the well-being of their communities.

CCNB will serve 195 corpsmembers in FY 20-21

• 70% of corpsmembers have successfully completed CCNB when they exit the program
• 85% of successful corpsmembers will earn an industry-approved certificate by the time they exit the program. Successful corpsmembers will earn 3 industry-approved certificates on average.
• 70% of successful corpsmembers will have a positive placement at exit, such as employed, in school, or in a job training program. They will earn an average of $16 per hour and 40% will earn at least $17 per hour.

CCNB will continue to build and expand pipelines into living wage employment by offering new and relevant training opportunities to corpsmembers that will increase their skill set and ability to secure jobs in a variety of trades.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CONSERVATION CORPS NORTH BAY INC

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Glass

Attorney

Bryan Varner

Attorney, Mediator, and Arbitrator,

Michael Glass

Attorney

Michelle Kenney

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Dennis Latta

Cushman & Wakefield Project Management Group

Liza Prunuske

Prunuske Chatham, Inc.

Leela Stake

Fleishman Hillard

John Mutz

Retired

Amy Ahanotu

Redwood Credit Union

Joe Delaney

Lifeguard Wealth

Marc Intermaggio

Retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/21/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.