About Local Conservation Corps
Training Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today! Formed in 1993, Fresno EOC’s Local Conservation Corps (LCC) provides young adults, 18-25 years old in Fresno and surrounding communities, opportunities and support that will enable them to work towards achieving their full potential in the areas of: educational attainment (completion of high school diploma; college/vocational courses), postsecondary college and career planning, work ethic and job skills development, leadership development, life skills development, civic awareness and community service.
The average number of individuals participating in LCC programs is over 160 young adults per year. Current programs managed under the LCC include: YouthBuild Fresno, YouthBuild DOL SMART, YouthBuild AmeriCorps, YouthBuild Postsecondary Initiative– College and Career Center, Paid Vocational Programs, POPS Fatherhood Program, DOL CORPS Program and the Corps Network AmeriCorps Educational Awards Program.
The LCC’s paid vocational training portfolio includes opportunities in construction, grounds maintenance, recycling, solar and weatherization, office assistant, and janitorial/building maintenance. Applications for the paid training positions are accepted year around.
Corpsmembers are required to enroll and progress in an academic program concurrent to their full or part-time enrollment in the LCC’s paid skill-building vocational training programs. Corpsmembers lacking a high school diploma enroll in the on-site YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC). GED/High school graduates enroll in college classes which are offered each semester through Fresno City College at the LCC site or they can attend on the main campus. Through the LCC’s College and Career Center, corpsmembers have the opportunity to explore and prepare for postsecondary and career pathways. Corpsmembers enroll in AmeriCorps which allows them to earn an education award (college scholarship) while serving their community.
Case management and mentoring services are offered to corps members to assist with basic needs, job preparation, academic support, advocacy, life skills development and emotional support, as needed. Through our POPS program, corps members have access to parenting training and support groups. The LCC’s substance abuse education program provides professional assessment and support plus on-going classes.
High School Diploma Completion
LCC hosts an onsite high school diploma completion program offered through a partnership with YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC). YCSC is a classroom-based public charter high school dedicated to providing an effective alternative education for youth, ages 18-24, who have struggled in traditional school settings.
Individuals do not have to be enrolled the LCC program in other to attend the charter school. YCSC students get a second chance to earn a high school diploma and to prove that they are competent and engaged learners. YCSC’s approach to education is competency-based; students are guided through a process that results in relevant demonstrations of learning through presentations and projects that demonstrate mastery of California State Standards.
YCSC believes in the value of youth as leaders and agents of change in their communities and actively incorporates leadership, community service and civic engagement into the curriculum. All students are encouraged to attend post-secondary education and are prepared to meet the academic challenges of higher education.