- To challenge and assist Corpsmembers to reach their highest level of educational achievement, whether it is getting their high school diploma or GED, enrolling in college, or significantly increasing academic grade levels.
- To provide Corpsmembers with the tools and skills to conduct a successful job search.
- To re-awaken in Corpsmembers a commitment to life-long learning.
John Muir students at the SFCC develop a lifelong love of learning and
new skills that carry over to their careers. Indeed, students are very
passionate about what they study because it relates to their lives. For
example, our project-based curriculum focuses on subjects such as
gentrification, health and obesity in our neighborhoods, and how World
War II affected San Francisco residents. In addition, students develop a
close relationship with teachers which leads to individualized,
rigorous instruction and a culture of high achievement.
teachers place a strong emphasis on effort and growth mindset, and as a
result, students who used to fail all of their classes and give up
easily are now resilient due to their new found academic confidence.
Consequently, students demonstrate large gains in numeracy and literacy.
Students are also pushed to develop critical thinking skills and to
become informed members of the community by writing letters to elected
officials or interviewing community members about social, environmental,
and political issues. Finally, students not only earn a high school
diploma, but also gain job readiness skills such as public speaking,
driver’s ed, and communication skills.
The San Francisco Conservation Corps (SFCC) offers young people
opportunities to develop themselves, their academic abilities and
increase their marketable job skills while also addressing community
needs through service work. SFCC is an earn-while-you-learn program
that provides hands-on job training in environmental conservation
through landscape maintenance, basic carpentry, and recycling and waste
management. Students also have the chance to obtain a high school
diploma and explore career pathways matched with Corpsmembers' skills
and interests. SFCC Corpsmembers are provided with extensive Life
Skills development to support their success in our program and in their
desired career pathway. Career exploration and career development are
an integral part of the program and provide students with the skills and
training needed to identify and obtain employment, advanced training or
further their education in their chosen career pathway.
of their paid job-training, students also learn general safety; hand and
power tool identification, safety, and use; and transferable skills
such as attendance and punctuality, following instructions, and working
as a team. SFCC offers a variety of industry-recognized credentials and
has an intensive 6-week Pre-Apprentice Training Program which provides
students direct access to careers in the building trades, including
union apprenticeships and employment, solar panel installation and
landscaping & gardening. Examples of industry certificates include
CPR/1st Aid, Forklift Operator, Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (Industry
Awareness, Blueprint Reading, Construction Math, Labor History), OSHA
Safety Training (10 hr), Confined Space, Traffic Control, Hazardous
Waste (40 hr), Solar Photovoltaic (40 hr or 80 hr), and Energy
Efficiency/Weatherization (80 hr).