On August 15th, 2018, SFCC staff attended the Prop 39/Pipeline Community of Practice meeting in Richmond, Ca to discuss our MC3 Curriculum and address what works, how to make it work and identify what can be improved! In attendance were instructors, program directors and Prop 39 graduates who successfully completed the program and gained entry into a union. Our very own SFCC Director of Community and Career Development presented on our MC3 Financial Literacy, covering topics such as Budgeting 101, Spending Habits and establishing S.M.A.R.T. goals which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. After reviewing the curriculum, we toured the RichmondBuild facility and learned about their 12 week Construction Management course offered to Prop 39 apprentices and community members interested in joining a building trade. SFCC is interested in add a 'blue print reading' portion to our existing MCS Curriculum and will be in communication with the Prop 39 community to see how we can add that component in the future! Take a look at a few of the photos we were able to capture on site! Thank you to Richmond Build and the Prop 39 community for all the work you do to help young adults achieve their dreams, we are grateful to be a part of this incredible work!
On Thursday, July 26th 2 of our hardest working Corpsmembers and field project SFCC Staff attended the 42nd Annual Conference & Tradeshow SEA CHANGE Conference, organized by the California Resource Recovery Association and held in Oakland, CA. Each year, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond. CRRA is well known for its training and educational offerings since the early 1970s. The theme for this year was Sea Change – Weathering the Storm in the Recycling Industry. The San Francisco Conservation Corp was invited to provide recycling services for the special event; Corpsmembers provided recycling and compostible services, changed and monitored bins and assisted in removing recyclables and compostables. SFCC as always is thankful for the opportunity to recycle and serve!
On Wednesday, July 11th, Corpsmembers and SFCC Staff broke ground to kick off our Paul Revere Elementary School Living Schoolyard project in partnership with Jeni Webber + Associates (JW+A). Paul Revere's Living Schoolyard was designed in a community design process led by JW+A and is a thriving success with an Education Outside educator teaching on site to educate children on green infrastructure work in our burgeoning green economy. Corpsmembers are pictured below in the beginning phase of the installation of the designed rainwater catchment system and rain garden. SFCC is excited to assist in providing socio-ecological services for the San Francisco Bay Area and engage in this restorative green work!
On Monday, June 26th, SFCC corpmembers, staff and our community partner: Success Center: SF attended Google's annual Professional Development Day: GoogleServe 2018. Nerves, excitement, awe and innovation ran rampant throughout, as corpsmembers and Success Center Job Readiness Training Participants sat down with self described, 'Googlers,' to engage in a focused and intimate session of professional development.
Attendees were paired up and off to review their resumes, work experience and skill set. Most attendees, equipped with note pads and pens, began jotting down notes at Google browsing speeds! Next were the interviews, where corpmembers and attendees got the opportunity to discuss their passions, their goals, obstacles along the way and their proudest moments thus far on their journeys to realizing their full potential.
For many, this experience was a dream and definitely a first for many to see the worlds of Tech and Nonprofit collide. Corpsmembers were filled with gratitude and hope as they ate lunch and overlooked the Bay from the stunning cafeteria view. With full stomachs and minds flooded with dreams, insight and new ideas, we said our goodbyes, expressed our appreciations and headed to the lobby. Thank you to all who made this event so special!
SFCC Corpsmembers and staff celebrated the year end by enjoying Pier 39's Blue and Gold Cruise around the Bay and Vallejo's Six Flags: Discovery Kingdom! We enjoyed setting sail aboard Blue & Gold Fleet's 60 minute Bay Cruise Adventure, sailing past Pier 39 sea lions and along San Francisco's historic waterfront, revealing the city's incredible architecture and skyline.
After arriving at the next point of adventure, we shared a delicious meal together and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to celebrate another year of growth and civic engagement. After food settled, it was time to conquer fears and embrace the thrill of Six Flag's Superman, featuring speeds of up to 51 MPH and a 100 foot drop!
Thank you all who made this celebration so special!
On Saturday, June 16th, SFCC Corpsmembers and Staff attended the Pascadero E-waste and Tire Amnesty Collection Event, where community members dropped off items to be recycled which included computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and other electronic equipment. Corpsmembers sorted and set aside functioning electronics to be sold or donated and safely recycled non functioning electronics.
We were glad to see so many community members stop by to drop off their tires as well! Stockpiled tires pose threats to public health, safety and the environment. Tires can produce toxic smoke and pollute the air, water and soil. Fortunately, tires can be recycled, re-purposed, retreaded and shredded for other uses and we are proud to report that we collected over 500 tires! We are proud to be a part of reducing waste in the San Francisco Bay Area!
Every year the San Francisco Conservation Corps collaborates with the John Muir Charter School to host the annual Career Expo. This year on June 14th, Corpsmembers and Academy students got a chance to showcase their career development skills while networking with peers and other community members. We had 10 community partners who took part in this year’s event including the SFFD, PeopleReady, BAVC, SFO Airport, Urban Services YMCA, SF City College, Allied Universal, Gridalternatives and Aerotek!
The Career Expo had four rotating rooms; 1. Mock-Interviewing, 2. Speed Networking (30 Second Pitch), 3. Career Game and 4. Community Room (Career Fair). We had 27 Corpsmembers involved total and 13 were also John Muir Students. Thank you to everyone that was involved for making this event a success!
On June 1st, SFCC began our Pre-Apprentice Readiness Training for our 16th Cohort! This program prepares participants for the building trades and construction fields. Funded by Prop 39, this 4-week intensive course welcomes both women and men, and covers topics such as MC3 Curriculum, blueprint/design math, PPE and safety training, tools and materials usage, interview skills (resume/cover letter review), and includes field trips and guest speakers. Pre-Apprentice participants gain hands-on experience while getting industry-recognized certifications that accelerates their job placement upon completion.
On Friday, May 25th, SFCC Corpsmembers and staff hosted our annual Meet and Greet! We engaged in informative and inspiring conversations around our community collaborations and dedication to helping young people realize their full potential and impact through civic engagement. We presented on our approach to recruitment and outreach, career development, on our partnership with John Muir Charter School and several of our recycling (Beverage, E-Waste, Tires & Oil) and field projects we've had the pleasure to work on during the 2017-2018 year!
Thank you to all who attended to learn about the impact that SFCC has been having on the community and in the lives of young adults!
On Wednesday May 9th, SFCC Corpsmembers and Staff welcomed San Francisco Mayoral Candidate, Mark Leno, to get informed and engage in a powerful discussion on some of San Francisco's most pressing issues: Fighting Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Environmental Justice and Reforming our Criminal Justice System. For more information on Mark Leno's platform and stance on issues, click here. Thank you, Mark Leno, for visiting and having the conversation with the youth of San Francisco!