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We are excited to introduce you to two extraordinary individuals at the Corps whose stories demonstrate the transformative power of the Corps experience: our current Corpsmember, Devaughn, and our Crew Supervisor and Corps alum, Dulce Ruiz. Please take a moment to hear their inspiring journeys by clicking on the videos below.

Meet Our Corpsmember Devaughn

Devaughn joined the Corps’ Compton Site intending to seek opportunities. Discovering the Corps on YouTube, he realized that we offer what he needed most–a fresh start. As Devaughn puts it, “I wanted to do something better with my life. I knew that working in a warehouse wasn’t for me.” He saw the trainings, certifications, and experience we offer as his chance for a better future.

Our specialized support really made the Corps experience possible for Devaughn. “The Corps has helped me with pretty much everything, from gas to food. I’m so fortunate to be at the Corps.” Our Corpsmembers often need assistance with schooling, transportation, and housing, to name a few of the barriers that create inequitable circumstances for their futures. We take great pride in being able to assist Corpsmembers like Devaughn who just need a little extra help. Devaughn’s goal is to one day become a firefighter, and we are happy to help him take the steps he needs to achieve that goal.

Meet Our Crew Supervisor Dulce

Dulce is one of the incredible Crew Supervisors at our East LA site. She started her journey as a Corpsmember and truly values being able to work with the current generation of Corpsmembers. As she puts it: “To be a former Corpsmember now and to be able to teach Corpsmembers what I was taught before has been a big journey in my life.”  Being able to relate to our Corpsmembers has made Dulce a wonderful mentor and a teacher, and her impact is felt everyday.

Dulce told us, “I grew up in Mexico and came to the United States when I was 9 years old and I didn’t finish my high school diploma.” Through the Corps, she was able to earn her high school diploma, learn a range of new skills, and blossom into the leader she is today. To all the people who support the Corps, Dulce just wants to say, “Thank you for everything. We will gladly continue to support our Corpsmembers.” 

If you’d like to contribute to breaking down barriers that Corpsmembers often face, please consider making a donation to the Corps. Your ongoing support is what empowers us to transform the future of Corpsmembers like Devaughn and dedicated individuals like Dulce, ensuring a more equitable Los Angeles. Click here to donate today!