USA: The Los Angeles Conservation Corps

The primary mission of the LA 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.

Roselinda gets a helping hand from co-workers at the Los Angeles Consevation Corp, after they finish sandbagging in the Hollywood Hills. Since 1986 LACC has been helping school dropouts, parolees and former gang members to get the support they need in order to have a positive work experience, while completing their high school education.

About 80% of the 18 to 24 year old participants enter the Adult Youth Corp. program to get a second chance at a high school diploma and work experience that will enable them to compete for living wage jobs. The program model integrates academic education with life skills training, job training, paid work experience and case management, including post-program transition services.