YOUNG ADULT CORPS

Futures Grow Brighter: The Young Adult Corps

The LA Corps’ hallmark youth and workforce development and transitional jobs program, the Young Adult Corps, offers environmentally focused work projects to predominately under-served youth, often from under-resourced neighborhoods, between the ages of 18-24.

Corpsmembers receive specialized and robust opportunities to train for and gain work experience in fields with high-demand jobs and an environmental focus. They connect to the community through environmental stewardship while exploring how to transform their futures.

The Corpsmember Experience

Young Adult Corpsmembers receive on-the-job training, paid work experience, and environmental education through their urban greening and environmental service projects. 

Working in crews that are dispatched across the greater LA area, they restore habitat, clean alleys, recycle, build parks and community gardens, help with fire prevention, plant trees, refurbish trails, rescue food waste, build affordable housing, and so much more.  Ultimately, they leave our cities revitalized, healthier, cleaner and greener. The expertise they develop leads them toward pathways to high-demand, environmentally focused employment opportunities.

Why You Should Join the Corps

If you’re between the ages of 18-24, consider the Corps.

  • Get on-the-job training and paid work experience, learn about the environment, develop your skills, and utilize support services to explore your personal and professional development. 
  • Earn specialized work certificates, receive college or trade school scholarships, receive legal services, earn a driver’s license and even gain a high school diploma with our LA Education Corps partner charter school.
  • Receive step-by-step support from our Corps Navigation team as well as post-program transition and alumni support.
  • We can help you choose your career path, get a job, go to college, or enroll in a trade.

Become a Corpsmember

What Corpsmembers Gain

As a result of hands-on experience and customized support services, Corpsmembers:

  • Have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and receive guidance in applying to college or a vocational training program.
  • Earn specialized certifications in a variety of technical job skills.
  • Access scholarships, additional financial support and job placement services.
  • Build confidence and a shared sense of responsibility for the community.
  • Leave the Corps more self-sufficient, filled with aspiration, and led by a vision of a more hopeful future.

What Corpsmembers learn, do, and how they help:

Habitat Restoration

Corpsmembers have an opportunity to work on many high-profile restoration projects that we conduct for partners such as the United States Forest Service, National Forest Foundation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of California, and local parks and land conservancies. Activities include, but are not limited to trail construction and maintenance, erosion control, invasive species removal and management, and hazardous fuel removal.

Urban Forestry

The Corps is the prime contractor for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s City Plants program. This marquee tree planting program is one of the Corps’ largest ongoing environmental projects and it gives Corpsmembers experience in tree care and public engagement. Corpsmembers who participate in our Urban Forestry program help to maintain our Griffith Park nursery, deliver trees to residents and educate Los Angeles residents on how to properly plant trees around their home to maximize energy efficiency. Thanks to grants from the County of Los Angeles and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), our Corpsmembers are planting trees and conducting other greening projects in many of Los Angeles County’s 88 cities.

River Corps

In partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our River Corps teams work to restore and revitalize sections of the Los Angeles River. Corpsmember activities include vegetation management and environmental restoration, litter abatement and graffiti removal. These activities are supplemented by education and training sessions covering topics such as watershed habitat, native landscaping, river hydrology, ecology, and water quality management efforts for the LA River.

Recycling

Our Recycling Across Los Angeles (RACLA) program allows youth from disadvantaged communities to gain professional skills by collecting and sorting recyclable beverage containers from local businesses and government agencies, and at venues like the Rose Bowl and LAUSD schools. Corpsmembers also collect and properly dispose of illegally dumped tires, assist in the collection of electronic waste and ensure used oil collection centers post guidance on the proper disposal of used oil. In the process, the CalRecycle-funded program readies youth for a lifetime of environmental stewardship, and provides various public and private sector partners with a low-cost means of diverting recyclable materials from our landfills.

Community Enhancement Teams

Our Community Enhancement Teams provide daily service to and other clean-up activities within Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and for Council District offices. These community beautification projects aim to support community health, address environmental injustice, expand recreational access, enhance the respective image of each area and promote economic development. Corpsmembers working on these projects not only learn valuable skills and the importance of good customer service, but they also gain an appreciation for keeping our city clean and preserved.

Emergency Response

Corpsmembers help respond to the pandemic as well as assist with wildlife prevention and response.

YouthBuild

Offered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Corpsmembers have an opportunity to participate in YouthBuild — our specialized vocational construction training program. Corpsmembers benefit from applying classroom-based construction training modules to on-site projects and construction trade experiences and from working alongside skilled construction workers. Our YouthBuild curriculum follows standards created by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), which are recognized nationally by employers and trade unions in the construction industry.

Urban Parks

Corpsmembers have a wide range of experiences on our Urban Parks projects. Corpsmembers are not only learning land surveying, demolition, and landscaping techniques, but they are also building bioswales to capture rain water, installing solar-powered irrigation systems, and learning to build sidewalks and other unique concrete structures to enhance the park setting.

Environmental Remediation

In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we offer an Environmental Workforce Development & Job Training Program, also known as Brownfields. As part of this training program, Corpsmembers receive specialized vocational training in environmental remediation. The skills Corpmembers receive enable them to complete environmental assessments on blighted buildings, vacant lots and other areas impacted by contaminated lands. Ultimately, Corpsmembers develop marketable job skills that lead to meaningful long-term employment in the growing environmental field.