The Issue: Environmental Volunteer Experience for Youth
Young adults who join the California Conservation Corps to help protect the environment often lack work experience or a high-school diploma. While working on projects related to environmental issues, they not only have a positive impact on the planet but also receive training and leadership skills to help them in their future careers. Additionally, some participants may receive an educational scholarship following their year of service.
The Campaign: Funding Scholarships for Young Corpsmembers
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then California Conservation Corps can provide $250 scholarships to two corps members who have volunteered and worked to protect the environment for one year. With the training they receive in the corps, members can attain entry-level positions in natural-resource management, energy conservation, disaster response, and the culinary arts. These scholarships can help participants work toward high-level positions through advanced education.
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California Conservation Corps Foundation
California Conservation Corps (CCC) serves a dual purpose: it provides job training and leadership opportunities for underserved youth while using their skills to help protect our natural resources. CCC members come from diverse backgrounds—half of them don't have a high-school diploma—and range in age from 18 to 25. Participants are placed in crews of 15 and equipped with uniforms and safety gear so they can complete more than three million hours of public-service conservation projects every year. They act as emergency responders in the event of natural disasters, retrofit buildings to increase energy conservation, plant trees, install irrigation systems, and help restore wildlife habitats. After they finish one year of service, CCC members can receive educational scholarships through the state of California and AmeriCorps to continue their studies.