Los Angeles, CA (February 19, 2009)- Founded in 1988, The Los Angeles Conservation Corps employs youth ages 14 to 42 to learn about conservation through community beautification projects throughout Los Angeles. Their primary mission is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.
The LA Conservation Corps was founded in 1986 by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Ambassador Mickey Kantor. Their primary mission and purpose is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community. Since their founding in 1986 they have become a national leader in youth and workforce development and alternative education for inner-city youth/young adults. They are currently the largest urban conservation corps in the nation with a full-time staff of over 150 employees who serve over 17,000 young people each year.
The Corps’ two largest ongoing environmental projects include their tree planting work in partnership with the LA Department of Water and Power’s Trees for a Green LA and the City of LA’s/Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Million Trees LA initiative. As the prime contractor for LADWP’s Trees for a Green LA program, they maintain the staging area at Griffith Park, which can accommodate up to 7,500 five-gallon trees at a time, for program stock and tree care. The Corps has also procured and distributed 45,886 trees and seedlings for MTLA to City of Los Angeles residents.
The Los Angeles Conservation Corps crews have landscaped hundreds of acres of parkland, constructed hundreds of school and community gardens, and installed miles of irrigation lines. The young people in the program have also planted over 50,000 trees in public spaces throughout greater Los Angeles. Working with staff certified arborists, the crews specialize in planting trees in areas targeted to reduce air conditioning use and conserve power.
As part of the tree planting program, the organization teaches the young people to identify potential garden sights, organize community garden constituents, help with garden design and build out, remove concrete to make room for trees, install hardscaping and fencing, help with selecting appropriate trees and planting locations, and maintaining planted trees.
For more information, visit Los Angeles Conservation Corps.