Great news from California!
A coalition of environmental, economic justice, organized labor and workforce development groups secured $10 million in federal stimulus money to develop a STATEWIDE green jobs training corps!
Ian Kim, Director of the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, writes....
Gov. Schwarzenegger announces $20 million Green Corps program to train 1,000 at-risk young people across the state!
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We are winning!
Governor Schwarzenegger just announced a statewide Green Corps program to train 1,000 at-risk youth over the next two years for green careers!
At a press conference Monday afternoon, the governor stood next to
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and declared a commitment to "helping
underprivileged kids, protecting the environment, and protecting our
Mayor Dellums followed the Governor, saying "Oakland pioneered this
idea with the Ella Baker Center, Green For All, and many others. It
embraces a very simple, yet extraordinarily elegant, idea: fight
pollution and poverty simultaneously. Take those on the margins and put
them at the center of these solutions."
The California Green Corps will be funded by federal stimulus dollars.
Last month, we told you that the Ella Baker Center and our allies --
united as the California Green Stimulus Coalition -- would be
advocating for green and equitable uses of California's federal
economic recovery funds. We are already celebrating our first major
Most importantly, the Governor's administration is asking for our
coalition's expertise and guidance in the implementation of this
program. The Ella Baker Center, Apollo Alliance, California
Conservation Corps, and other partners will work closely with the
California Volunteers Agency (which will oversee the program) to ensure
California's new Green Corps provides truly effective green career
pathways for California's at-risk youth.
A few more details about the California Green Corps:
- The program will train 1,000 youth ages 16-24 over a 20-month period.
$20 million program will receive $10 million in federal stimulus funds,
matched by $10 million from public and private sources.
will be at least 10 Green Corps programs throughout the state, and at
least one in each of California's 9 economic regions.
program will be housed by the California Volunteers Agency, because it
excels at working across regions, sectors and government agencies.
This program is an exciting step forward, one among many the state
government must take to deliver on our shared vision of a green economy
that includes everyone. Thank you for accompanying us on this journey toward a cleaner, greener, more equitable economy.
Green jobs, not jails,
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
In January, I asked you to help save the California
Conservation Corps (CCC) during the state's epic budget battle (or
shall we call it a budget train wreck?). I am happy -- and relieved --
to report that the CCC made it through intact! In fact, the CCC will be
an important partner in the development of the California Green Corps.
Thank you to the hundreds of people on our email list who took time to
tell Governor Schwarzenneger to do the right thing.