California Conservation Corps offers youth career development opportunities
Sally M. Stanley, UC Davis
California Agriculture 56(2):61-64. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v056n02p61.
Young people who leave high school without going onto college are a critical population to understand in terms of career development. This report highlights findings from a study of 166 youth who had recently joined the California Conservation Corps (CCC). Thirty percent of those surveyed had not completed high school. About one-fourth of the corps members had joined CCC with the hope of an eventual career with the Corps, and more than one-third were using CCC to explore job and career opportunities.
S.M. Stanley is Researcher, 4-H Center for Youth Development (CYD), Department of Human and Community Development, UC Davis. She would like to acknowledge Marc Braverman and the researchers at CYD and in the counties who participated on the research team as part of this project. She is also grateful to Robert Weisskirch, who collected data at two of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) sites, and Susanne Levitsky of CCC for helpful comments. This study was funded by the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and conducted in cooperation with the CCC.