Our Mission

To develop at-risk youth through work, service, conservation and education.

About CCLB

The Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and certified by the California Conservation Corps.

Over the last thirty years, CCLB has hired more than 200 at-risk young adults from areas served by the Greater Long Beach Workforce Development Board and the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. As Corpsmembers, these young adults participate in trainings and workforce development projects that not only give them the experience needed to pursue a professional career, but also benefit the local community. Through partnerships and grants, CCLB organizes and implements a variety of projects including recycling and litter abatement, park and trail restoration, invasive species removal, and riparian cleanup and conservation.

In addition to professional skills development, CCLB requires Corpsmembers to be enrolled in an education program while working so as to further their formal education. CCLB Corpsmembers who do not have a high school diploma are enrolled in the CCLB Gateway Cities Charter School to earn credits and complete their high school diploma. High school graduates, which include program participants who enter the program with a high school diploma and those Corpsmembers who successfully graduate from the CCLB Gateway Cities Charter School, are required to attend life skills courses that provide soft skills, such as resume building and financial literacy. Corpsmembers are encouraged to further their educational goals by attending some form of post-secondary instruction. As an open entry/exit program, CCLB program components are ongoing. This program design gives Corpsmembers with multiple barriers to employment and/or furthering their education time to develop necessary skills to enter and remain in the workforce.

To aid its Corpsmembers’ families and communities, CCLB offers a safe, enriching, and fun after school program at Dooley Elementary and Perry Lindsey Academy serving 260 students per day. These first to eighth graders participate in three hours of structured academic improvement, enrichment, and recreation five days a week, via a partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District’s Winners Reaching Amazing Potential (WRAP) program. The Conservation Corps of Long Beach is proud to help Long Beach’s youth reach their fullest potential.

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