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The Los Angeles Conservation Corps was established in 1986 to employ young adults to perform community improvement and environment work. Commitment to young people and their continued growth and development is the essence of the Corps as evidenced by the mission statement:...to serve and uplift the diverse communities of Los Angeles and conserve the natural and human environment by providing young people with an opportunity for:
- Developing educational and work skills to advance their own personal and career opportunities;
- Creating stronger ties to their communities through community involvement and service;
- Exploring avenues for personal growth and development in a respectful and nurturing environment and
- Developing leadership skills to contribute to the advancement of all people.
The Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), based in South Central and East Los Angeles, is one of the largest independent non-profit agencies in the nation. Founded in 1986 by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Mickey Kantor, the LACC employs approximately 300 young adults as corpsmembers and 2,200 junior high and high school students annually to serve the greater Los Angeles community through environmental enhancement and community improvement projects.The Main Street Center was the first center established in 1986, and is located in South Los Angeles. The Hammel Center opened in 1993 as an effort to expand LACC's services and meet the obvious needs of the East Los Angeles community. The Hammel Center is located in the heart of East Los Angeles. The third center was opened in 2000 at the Watts Youth Opportunities High School. All three centers employ 50-60 corpsmembers at any given time.The LACC gives young adult corpsmembers an opportunity to develop their education, work and leadership skills. They alternate between a week of work and a week of school as part of the program requirements. The LACC is a lead agency and local model for Building Up Los Angeles, a project of AmeriCorps, the National Service program. The LACC is one of 60 agencies participating in this national program. The LACC is funded by a variety of government agencies, grants, work projects, corporate sponsors and private donations. More can be learned about our funders by checking out our Sponsors page.
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