Thanks to our friends at the East Bay Times, Civicorps is proud to share this article, published December 5, 2021.
Share the Spirit: Facing tough times, Oakland residents get back on career track through Civicorps
by Shomik Mukherjee, East Bay Times
Photo credit: Jane Tyska, Bay Area News Group
Founded in 1983, the nonprofit finds clients through word-of-mouth and focuses on environmental work through a network of conservation corps across California.
OAKLAND — During a recent stroll through the large warehouse that Civicorps calls its headquarters and where so many fledgling adults find a way out of life’s setbacks, it’s sinking in on 21-year-old Jasmine Lagunas that she will soon need to leave.
“I really don’t want to go,” Lagunas tells Libbie Hodas, a manager at the nonprofit that has helped struggling young adults pick up paid work experience, complete their education and get back on their feet.
In Lagunas’ case, that time is now. She has ambitions of becoming a registered nurse, and her masterful use of chainsaws and pole saws — learned through Civicorps’ extensive training programs — could get her much needed income until she achieves her goal.
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