Youth Development

Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Transforming Youth. Enhancing Communities.

aka LA Conservation Corps, LA Corps, LACC

Los Angeles, CA

Mission

The primary mission of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success by providing them with job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.

Ruling Year

1985

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Wendy Butts

Main Address

1400 North Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Keywords

Youth, environment, education, neighborhood, children, career, employ, leadership, mentor, literacy, health

EIN

95-4002138

 Number

6798151811

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Los Angeles metro area unemployment rate has dropped to 5% thanks to a robust job market, but youth from disadvantaged communities have not benefited. The Corps recruits from neighborhoods that suffer an unemployment rate averaging 29%. Young men and women in these neighborhoods struggle with poverty, crime, violence, drug use, under-resourced schools, or lack of access to opportunities. More than 200,000 or 16% of young adults (18-24) in L.A. County are unemployed and out of school. Over half have not worked in the last five years or never worked at all. Over half have given up and no longer actively seek work.

The L.A. Unified School District's graduation rate is only 77%, and this is an improvement over previous years.

Employers have expressed the need for a more skilled workforce and have cited the “middle skills" gap as an obstacle to filling available jobs. Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school education but not a four-year college degree.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Conservation Programs

Corpsmember Development

After-School Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of free participants on field trips

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Conservation Programs

Context notes

Number of students on field trips to SEA Lab in Redondo Beach or participating in water education programs at SEA Lab or at their school location.

Number of contracts/purchase agreements that the organization holds for purchase of its products/services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Conservation Programs

Context notes

Each year, the Corps takes on approximately 30 new contracts and successfully closes out 20, with over 100 contracts active at any given time, totaling more than $16 million in revenues.

Total cost of work acquired this year (in dollars)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Conservation Programs

Context notes

Each year, the Corps takes on approximately 30 new contracts and successfully closes out 20, with over 100 contracts active at any given time, totaling more than $16 million in revenues.

Number of free participants of guided tours

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Conservation Programs

Context notes

In CY2017, SEA Lab had 6,858 visitors from the general public coming through its doors to view the aquarium exhibits.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

In CY2017, 17 second-year Corpsmembers had joined us without graduating from high school, and all 17 earned their high school diplomas last year.

Number of placements defined as full-time

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

In CY2017, out of 54 second-year Corpsmembers in Green Career Pathways, 38 completed the program, and out of 38 completers, 26 were placed in jobs.

Average hourly wage of clients who became employed after job skills training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

From FY16/17 The Corps Network survey.

Number of employer partners offering jobs to clients

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

Number of members of Green Career Pathways Advisory Board.

Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

In CY2017, out of 54 second-year Corpsmembers in Green Career Pathways, 38 completed the program, and out of 38 completers, 26 were placed in jobs.

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

The workforce development program provided 288,981 hours of work experience and on-the-job training to 372 at-risk 18- to 24-year-olds (with average 250 active in a given quarter).

Number of program participants who remain employed 12 months after program completion

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

In CY2017, out of 54 second-year Corpsmembers in Green Career Pathways, 38 completed the program, and out of 38 completers, 26 were placed in jobs. 61% were still in the same job six months later.

Number of hours of training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

The workforce development program provided 288,981 hours of work experience and on-the-job training to 372 at-risk 18- to 24-year-olds (with average 250 active in a given quarter).

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Corpsmember Development

Context notes

Training in Trauma-Informed Care is essential for all staff who work directly with Corpsmembers, including crew supervisors, case managers, and transition specialists.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our youth/workforce development goals:
* Enable program participants (called Corpsmembers) to earn their high school diploma, if they enter the program without one
* Train Corpsmembers trained for employability in green industries or better preparation for post-secondary education

Our environmental conservation goals:
* Promote sustainable recreation
* Restore the urban tree canopy
* Increase greenspace in greenspace-poor urban areas
* Restore natural habitat in parks and nature preserves in and around Los Angeles County
* Protect the coastal ecosystem
* Promote recycling and reduce consumer waste
* Promote energy efficiency and water conservation

First-phase Corpsmembers alternate between work and school, as well as receiving supportive services and job/life skills training. Second-phase Corpsmembers select a Green Career Pathway—natural land management, zero waste, construction, energy, or manufacturing—and receive specialized job training and industry-recognized certifications. After successful program completion, Corpsmembers will have the qualifications of a competitive entry-level employee in their chose field or be prepared for college or vocational school leading to greater career opportunities.

Corpsmembers receive paid work experience and on-the-job training while performing environmental conservation work projects and service learning projects intended to make Los Angeles a cleaner and greener place:
* Building and maintaining hiking trails and walking paths, which facilitate sustainable recreation
* Planting trees in disadvantaged communities, which help restore the urban tree canopy
* Building parks and community gardens, which increase greenspace in greenspace-poor urban areas
* Invasive species removal and native species replanting in parks and nature preserves in and around Los Angeles County, which help to restore natural habitat
* Leading clean-up activities and environmental education, which help to protect the coastal ecosystem
* Recycling beverage containers, used tires, used oil, and e-waste
* Leading in-school and door-to-door energy efficiency and water conservation outreach programs

Young Adult Corps is the foundational youth/workforce development program, and for three decades, it has successfully served as a platform for job training and personal development to transform the lives of at-risk youth from disadvantaged communities. A robust Corpsmember Development team delivers supportive services (case management, barrier removal, housing/transportation/childcare assistance, and medical/legal referrals) and transition assistance (job hunting, college applications). Our work sites—Northeast LA, South LA, East LA, Compton, northeast San Fernando Valley, and SEA Lab (Redondo Beach)—enable Corpsmembers to gain a variety of experiences working on conservation and community service projects all over Los Angeles County. Over the years, Los Angeles Conservation Corps has developed relationships with city, county, state, and federal governments, as well as many allied community-based organizations, implementing over 100 projects, totaling $16 million, which provide Corpsmembers with over 300,000 hours of work every year.

Los Angeles Conservation Corps measures the performance of the workforce development program by tracking training and services delivered to Corpsmembers and outcomes for program graduates—careers or college.

Conservation work outputs are tracked to assess our impact on the environment and the community: trees planted or maintained, length of trail or walking path built or maintained, area of fire fuel reduced, area of habitat restored through invasive species removal or native species replanted, area of graffiti abated, area of streets cleaned, number of alleys cleaned, amount of debris or trash removed, weight of beverage containers recycled, etc.

Los Angeles Conservation Corps is proud to have transformed the lives of more than 20,000 young people since 1986. Young Adult Corps serves 250-300 young adults per year, completing over 300,000 hours of work experience and job training. In 2016, we adopted Green Career Pathways as a framework for organizing work, education, training, supportive services, and transition assistance into employer-advised curriculum tracks leading to job opportunities in growing green sectors.

Our lasting environmental accomplishments are evident in the trees planted, trails built, parks constructed, and community gardens enjoyed by children and families all over Los Angeles County.

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Financials

Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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