Prop 39 - Pre-Apprentice Readiness Program [Final Cohort #19]

SFCC has a rich history of successfully implementing construction programs through Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) driven curriculum for direct entry to union apprenticships and career placements in the construction industry. In July 2011, the Laborers Joint Apprenticeshp Training Committee (LJATC) approved SFCC as a pre-apprenticeship program. In November 2011, SFCC partnered with the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California to support Pre-Apprenticeship Readiness as a primary means of entry into the construction industry. In June 2014, SFCC secured a 5 year grant through Proposition 39 (Clean Energy Job Creation Funds) to support our pre-apprentice construction training program.

Over the last 5 years, SFCC has taught 18 cohorts (average 4-5 per year, over 215 graduates), awarded over 700 certifications in MC3, Forklift, Confined Spaces, Traffic Control, OSHA-10 & CPR/First Aid, placed over 70 graduates in State-Approved Apprenticeships (Carpenters, Laborer, Plasters, Glaziers, etc.) and employed over 90 graduates in jobs in the construction & energy sector. On March 4th, we kicked off our final Prop 39 cohort! And on March 25, we began Certification Week where our Corpsmembers became certified in CPR/First Aid, OSHA-10, and Traffic Control, becoming one step closer to being accepted into a union in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Black History Month Appreciation 2019

During the month of February at every community meeting, Corpsmembers and staff presented on key figures in Black History to include: Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Tupac Shakur. Scroll to take a look at some of the Corpsmembers’ pieces!

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute."
Thurgood Marshall, first African American U.S. Supreme Court Member


Team Building Day - Recycling Edition

On March 6th, SFCC held a Corpsmember Team Building Session with a recycling spin! Corpsmembers kicked off the session with an ice breaker called “Crossing the River”. Corpsmembers were split into teams of 5 and painted a picture: your team is out adventuring in the San Francisco Bay Area and low and behold they come across a river flowing. Fortunately there is a pile of stepping stones that they can use to cross the river, though it will require communication, strategy and teamwork. Corpsmbembers competed against one another to cross the river and points were awarded - a little friendly competition is always welcome! Next, teams engaged in a recycling “free throw” competition. Corpsmembers were provided recycling materials ranging from paper, to bottle caps, to plastic containers to shoot into the correct recycling bin. This team building day was a great way for Corpmembers to engage with one another in a competitive, team building environment and have a bit of ‘play’.


Jewish Vocational Services: Energy & Utilities Presentation

On February 27th, 2019 Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) presented on their Energy & Utilities opportunities. JVS helps job seekers from all walks of life. They provide services at no cost and specialize in helping individuals who: are looking for work for the first time in months or years, have been our of the workforce for more than 6 months, and individuals who have held a series of low wage jobs that would like to find a rewarding and sustainable career pathway with more stability and opportunities for professional advancement. JVS presented on employment opportunities in the energy and power fields through their Utility Programs & Employment Program and informed our young adults of training opportunities to provide them with exposure to the field. Our corpsmembers were thrilled to learn about rewarding career opportunities and engage in direct dialogue with a future employer.

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GRID Alternatives PV101 Training 2019

On February 21st 2019, our Career Development team took Corpsmembers to Oakland for the GRID Alternatives PV101 training. GRID Alternatives believes that a successful transition to clean, renewable energy needs to include everyone. To achieve this, GRID Alternatives works across the United States and internationally to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. This workshop was focused on solar panel installation and practices such as understanding circuit control boxes, solar panel types, electrical conduits and installation. SFCC Corpsmembers were excited about the on-the-job experience they recieved while learning important energy-specific career skills! Thanks to GRID Alternatives for hosting this workshop. You can learn more about them here.

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Larkin Street Youth Services Resource Fair

On February 21st, 2019 our SFCC Case Manager and Outreach and Recruitment Manager attended the Larkin Street Youth Services Resource Fair to meet and learn about TAY services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of the young people we connect with have been hurt and abandoned by important adults in their lives. Community based organizations like SFCC and Larkin Street Youth Services provide programs that are crucial first steps in building trust between young people and City resources to assist them with their personal and professional development. We are here to support you!

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Paradise Relief Effort 2019

On November 8th, a massive wildfire tore through the California mountain communities north of Sacramento. This fire being the deadliest since 1918, destroyed 95% of the city of Paradise and severely effected neighboring towns Concow and Magalia. The fire covered 153,336 acres of land, destroyed 18,804 buildings and home and caused 86 civilian fatalities. After 17 days, the fire was contained on November 25, 2018. The San Francisco Conservation Corps was invited to provide relief assistance by our sister Corp, San Jose Conservation Corps. Together we worked to provide relief to suffering animals of Paradise fires, assist them in getting vital care, and provide care for Paradise residents by sorting and distributing food and clothing. SFCC is very thankful for the opportunity to work hand and hand with the San Jose Conservation Corps, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Military to bring light to humanity through service.


Career Pathways Speakers

This week SFCC Corpsmembers and staff welcomed two guest speakers to present various programs and employment opportunities to our young adults. On Wednesday, December 4, we welcomed Rima Vora with SF Made to discuss current employment or training opportunities in the Manufacturing Industry. SF Made’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce. SFMade helps sustain and create job opportunities for the City’s low-income communities and individuals with less typical education, experience, or skills.

On Thursday, December 5, we explored the field of Human Services with guest speakers from Urban Services YMCA. Corpsmembers learned about their Empower to Employment (E2E) program. “E2E’s mission is to create viable pathways to sustainable employment for transitional age you between the ages of 18-24. E2E provides six weeks of paid, comprehensive professional development training as well as continuous support throughout the program and upon completing six weeks of training, they will receive a $400 stipend.

Thank you to all who participated in connecting our young adults with viable pathways forward, team work makes the dream work! We are better together.

The Future at Alcatraz

On November 29, SFCC staff and a group of corpsmembers attended the infamous Alcatraz Island, a designated National Historic Landmark for its significant contribution to the nation’s history. We learned about key individuals as we toured the facility, one of which was an African American man by the name of Robert Lipscomb. The Alcatraz website provides a look into Robert’s past, describing his upbringing as, “turbulent,” and having included, “a period when he was institutionalized by his mother at the age of 9 after being declared psychotic”. We learned that he started committing crimes at an early age and was imprisoned at 18 for auto theft, which led to his incarceration at the State Reformatory in Ionia, Michigan. He was later transferred to Alcatraz Island due to his efforts to resist segregationist practices within the prison system. He was considered to be a real “threat” and “danger” to the prison system and American status quo.

Historically, Alcatraz has been associated with death, horror and inhumane conditions. While all ring true, there is a bit of hope illustrated in a new art exhibition coined: Future IDs. Socially engage artist, Gregory Sale states, “Future IDs is a multi-year, social art project about individual stories of transformation and how those stories collectively can help reframe the narrative of re-entry. It comprises art/future planning workshops, exhibitions and public programs across California, building towards an arts-based public service campaign. The central idea is for returning citizens to create new identification cards for future selves — perhaps for a dream job, a role in society, or a continuing role with family, such as father or mother.”

Our corpsmemebers appreciated the opportunity to re frame their narrative as many have been involved in the justice system. We returned to the City with an increase of history, appreciation of life and hope for the future!

Robert Lipscomb  National Archives and Records Administration

Robert Lipscomb
National Archives and Records Administration

SFCC Staff and Corpsmembers

SFCC Staff and Corpsmembers

Driver's Ed Success

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Historically, obtaining a driver's license has been seen as a key component to independence! To provide this opportunity to our young adults, we offered driver's ed through the whole month of November which included having thought provoking discussion on the significance of a driver's license, studying the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handbook and reviewing: Driving Responsibilities, Signs, Signals, and Road Markings, Licensing, Registration and CA Vehicle Code, Vehicle Systems, Rules of the Road and Safe Driving Practices, Accidents, Causes and Prevention, Sharing the Road, and Alcohol and Drugs. Corpsmembers also used additional resources such as videos and practice packets to prepare for their upcoming driver's license tests! We are proud to report that two of our corpsmembers, Martin and Pasha, successfully acquired their permit and are now safely navigating the streets of San Francisco. Congratulations!