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For over three decades, CALCC has served as a powerful advocate for its member Local Corps. Every year, CALCC works hard at the state and local levels to generate funding vital to Local Corps, and to champion policies that help young people and their communities thrive.

CALCC’s efforts have resulted in significant financial support for a broad range of Local Corps program areas including recycling, transportation, conservation, water, parks, job training, and education.

CALCC also works to create and help administer innovative grant programs that incentivize local governments, non-profits, and businesses to include Local Corps crews on certain community-benefit projects.

Committed to public policy that supports the mission of Local Corps, underserved youth, and their communities, CALCC further supports initiatives that:

  • Promote high school, continuing, and career technical education;
  • Create paid on-the-job training, certification opportunities, career pathways, and job placement opportunities;
  • Restore and protect the environment;
  • Increase resources for, and reduce negative environmental impacts on, underserved communities;
  • Advance social justice, equity, and juvenile systems reform; and
  • Provide safety-net services and promote mental health resources for young people.

In addition to funding and policy advocacy, CALCC and its member Local Corps work to change the narrative about underserved and systems-engaged youth, giving young people opportunities to share their experiences and show state and local leaders how important they are to our communities.

CALCC also serves as a megaphone for the local corps movement in California. By spearheading data collection, evaluation and communications, CALCC promotes the impact of Local Corps individually, regionally and statewide.

CALCC’s advocacy efforts are powered by Environmental & Energy Consulting. For more information on CALCC-supported initiatives and collaborations, contact us

  • Did you know that Civicorps Recycling provides single stream collection services to over 1,200 businesses in Oakland, collecting 166 tons of recycling materials and 11 tons of E-waste every month? Recycling Interns who are on a pathway to become commercial truck drivers perform seven daily routes. Civicorps pays for all training hours on the road, behind-the-wheel training, and in the classroom. Once our Interns get their Class B commercial driver’s license, they’re eligible to transfer to Waste Management as a Teamster apprentice.

    We are so proud to announce that Santiago Galvez-Flores is the newest Recycling Intern promoted to an apprenticeship with WM.  After training with Civicorps for two years, Santi was selected for this highly competitive position.



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Over 40,000 young people have found pathways to graduation and careers through the local corps since the first corps opened its doors in CA thirty years ago. In combining education, environment, opportunity and innovation into one package, the corps are the solution to many of the problems currently facing our young generation.

The local corps’ educational and workforce programs, led by a team of caring adults, help young people find their passion, work through their challenges, and build pathways to their careers of choice. With the ongoing support of their supervisors and peers, corpsmembers are prepared and motivated to contribute meaningfully to their families and communities as they move forward in their lives.

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Investing in California’s local corps is fiscally responsible. Research shows a significant return on investment, both in terms of revenue generation and decreased spending on government programs and services.

In a study of the local corps’ economic impact published in 2014, researchers concluded that Investment in the Local Corps generates $52.7 million in increased economic activity and over 900 jobs each year. Expected lifetime earnings increase by over $260 million for each $20 million investment with an additional $14.1 million in increased revenue and decreased spending on government programs as a result of increased educational attainment. Read the full report here.

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CALCC is at the forefront of statewide, regional and local advocacy efforts that strengthen environmental standards and create opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds.

CALCC has been instrumental in promoting the corps movement in California, securing investment in our youth and communities, and helping the local conservation corps to achieve their missions.

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The local corps are at the forefront of California’s environmental and conservation efforts. With CALCC’s support, local corps engage in a diverse range of initiatives that apply both time-tested and innovative approaches to a broad range of complex needs and challenges.

Through their efforts, local corps make a significant impact each year. Whether it’s helping to make California’s recycling rate the highest in the country; restoring world-renowned parks; or being boots-on-the-ground for the state’s lead in the global fight against climate change, local corps are proud to help protect California’s natural resources.


The first Local Corps in the United States was founded in California’s Marin County in 1982, with a conservation focus on improving the area’s trail system. The following year, Mayor Dianne Feinstein and Honorable Justice J. Anthony Kline founded the San Francisco Conservation Corps, creating the first urban youth corps in the nation. Later that year Civicorps in the East Bay joined them. 11 more state-certified Local Corps have since been founded covering all of California’s major municipal areas, from Sacramento in the north to San Diego in the south. In 1985, California’s corps leaders helped to found The Corps Network  a national association of local conservation corps, establishing the corps as a national institution.

California’s Local Corps are modeled in part after the federal Civilian Conservation Corps, an American legacy program established by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. They are community-based organizations that engage young adults (generally ages 18 – 26) in service projects addressing recreation, conservation, disaster response, and community needs. Through a term of service that could last from a few months to a year, Local Corps participants – or “Corpsmembers” – gain a high school diploma, key life skills, paid work experience, and in-demand job training.

Almost from the beginning of California’s modern recycling movement, which began in 1986 with the Beverage Container Recycling Law, there’s been a close connection between local conservation corps and recycling and environmental protection. The local conservation corps were an early recipient of funding from California’s Beverage Container Recycling Law, which was adopted in 1986. That recycling law and that investment have paid dividends, not just in terms of reducing waste and increasing recycling but in terms of developing young people who are our recycling workers of the future. Many corpsmembers have become managers, program operators and program coordinators in local government and in private companies throughout California.

In 1992, the California Association of Local Conservation Corps (CALCC) was established  to support Local Corps by advocating on their behalf, providing access to funding and project opportunities, and by offering networking and expertise in Local Corps operations and programming. Every year, CALCC’s efforts enable our 14 state-certified member Local Corps to hire hundreds of diverse young people to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service in Local Corps programs throughout the state.

Over the last three decades, the local corps have solidified their reputation as a model of youth development that blends educational and workforce supports. Since our founding in 1982, California’s environmental movement has been transformed, and so too have the thousands of youth who have become corpsmembers, becoming confident, effective advocates for themselves and our environment.  Through the local corps, youth have gained job skills, education and career connections, and most importantly, a community of peers.  Our work has profoundly improved the lives and communities of the 40,000 corpsmembers across the state of California.

Now headquartered in Sacramento, CALCC is still guided by leaders of local corps and environmental champions.  CALCC serves as a central hub and source of training and support for the 14 local corps, with 57 sites in counties across California. We are proud to have led a fundamental paradigm shift in youth development and conservation policy in California and beyond.



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