By Laura Perdew
The Orange County Conservation Corps’ (OCCC) Adopt-a-Channel Project won one of three Project of the Year Awards from The Corps Network out of projects from Corps across the nation. OCCC CEO Katharyn Bandoni, Director of Programs & Outreach Lena Skiba and Director of Operations Josh Volp accepted the award at the annual Corps Network Conference in Washington, DC.
The project involved cleaning two miles of flood channel near the Disneyland Resort. Corpsmembers removed debris to prevent it from reaching the ocean. They also cataloged and reported graffiti before painting over it, providing important information to local police departments.
The only drop-out recovery program of our kind serving 18-25 year olds in Orange County, OCCC is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 as part of the Anaheim anti-gang taskforce and is affiliated with the California Association of Local Conservation Corps, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, Youth Build USA, and other youth service organizations. The OCCC is a voluntary work/learn program that provides an opportunity for at-risk and disadvantaged youths, age 18 to 25—the most marginalized youth in our community—to earn a living while learning valuable employment skills through job training and to attend the on-site charter school to earn their …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce