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Causes: Children & Youth, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Job Training, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: The L.A. Conservation Corps is a locally-based nonprofit that provides classes and service project opportunities to young people so that they can learn new skills while contributing to the quality of life in the greater LA area. Their participation increases the connection they feel to their communities, their environment, and their own futures. When they care about all three, it benefits us all. LACC is proud to have served more than 20,000 young people since 1986.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.

Programs: Conservation programs & scholarship - this year 311 14 to 17 year-old students completed job training and gained short-term work experience through our clean and green program. 399 18 to 24 year-old corpsmembers received work experience, education and/or support services through the young adult corps program. Together, the participants abated 24 acres of graffiti from city streets, recycled 277 tons of beverage containers, collected 2,075 tons of litter and debris, constructed or enhanced 8 new parks , and planted 3,059 trees. Within the young adult corps, 228 corpsmembers participated in landscaping or construction training/classes and 69 corpsmembers were trained to deliver marine education programs. The corps also provided 398 city of la youth with summer employment opportunity and work experience through syep and nps samo youth park. The corps also awarded 121 students with scholarships for post secondary education and administered americorps education awards to 136 corpsmembers. The corps' support and transition programs helped place 22 corpsmember in well-paying jobs or college.

afterschool program - the corps provides after-school programs on sixteen los angeles unified school district elementary and middle school campuses. This year the corps program reached 8,591 students with safe, structured after school academic assistance, educational enrichment and recreation activities.

education - through a charter school partnership with the education corps charter school, 861 students were enrolled in high school classes at the school sites and 107 seniors graduated with a high school diploma.

other programs - these projects that have deliverables or requirements that represent "green" or other types of innovations that have not been traditionally delivered in la conservations projects. The three (3) projects that fit these categories consist of 1) $250,000 san pedro urban greening planning project that was 75% complete by the end of fy 14/15 and that resulted in a successful $1. 5 million grant award from cal fire to implement one of the urban greening "opportunities" identified in the plan; 2) $2. 5 million laurel canyon green street project that was 12% complete by end of fy 14/15 (design), and that is expected to be completed by fy 15/16 and generate up to 10,000 corpsmember job training and work hours; 3) $1. 04 million compton creek natural park phase iii project for which design is expected to be complete in fy 15/16 and construction during fy 16/17 - construction will include the creation of a learning garden, nature and fitness trail extension.

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