In the beginning… Governor
Jerry Brown had the foresight to
turn to history for a community-level solution marrying youth development
with environmentalism. He created the California Conservation Corps
(CCC) in 1976 as a legacy to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian
Conservation Corps, the visionary program founded in 1933.
Anthony Kline was Legal Affairs Secretary
to Governor Jerry Brown at the time and witnessed the establishment
of the California Conservation Corps. In later years, as a judge
in the juvenile justice court system, he recognized the need for
more programs which would to turn young lives around and saw the
Corps model as a perfect fit. Drawing on his knowledge of the CCC,
he made it his mission to establish local Conservation Corps throughout
the state. Justice Kline first went to then
San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein with the concept and she became
a major supporter. With their leadership,
the first local corps was created in the San Francisco Bay area.
Justice Kline then turned his attention to the rest of the state
and started making phone calls. Among those to receive a call was
a former colleague in the Brown Administration, The Honorable Lynn
Schenk. Ms. Schenk adopted his passion and got the ball rolling
with San Diego City Council Member Wes Pratt. Meanwhile San Diego
resident Mrs. Marion Wilbur and her husband Bud, an original member
of Roosevelt’s’ “Tree
Army,” were putting pressure on Mayor Maureen O’Conner
about the need for a local corps in San Diego. It was the synergy
generated by this thoughtful group
of citizens along with the entire original steering committee,
city staffers and countless community and business supporters who
together created what is now known as the Urban Corps of San Diego
County. They helped raise over $125,000 in local donations as seed
money, hired Sam Duran as founding Chief Executive Officer and
three months later the first twenty corpsmembers were hired. Under
Duran’s ongoing leadership,
Urban Corps has gone from a great idea to an enduring reality.
Throughout the years, many more
have contributed to the success of the Urban Corps. We honor and
thank all those individuals for their role in the historical development
of an organization that made and continues to make a difference
in the lives of our most valuable resource, our young people. Today Urban Corps provides environmental job training and educational opportunities to more than 400 young people annually-young people committed to changing thier lives, needing a second chance, or just an opportunity. Focusing on the life-changing impact of a good education, strong work ethic and service to one’s community, Urban Corps now contracts with nearly 300 sponsorslocal government, non-profit organizations, businesses and corporations. These contracts make possible temporary employment and job training for Corpsmembers while supplying numerous services to our sponsors. Corpsmembers are identified by the Urban Corps’ trademark green uniform as they participate in paid work experience and community projects. Projects include Graffiti Abatement, Recycling, Environmental Projects and Urban Forestry.
- Urban Corps' 25th Anniversary "Sunset on the Bay" at the Bali Hai was a smashing success with approximately 200 guests, hula and fire dancers, speeches by San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria and Corpsmember Ambassador Eliseo Nunez, and nearly $78,000 raised. Primary sponsors were AT&T, SDG&E, Faith Insurance Service, and Stone Brewing Co.
- The first cohort of YouthBuild students graduate and make history at Urban Corps; 8 Building Science Principles certifications, 8 OSHA 10 certifications, and 13 First Aid/CPR certifications are awarded.
- Urban Corps kicks off the Chicano Park Recreational Improvement Project with an intensive community outreach and design phase
- Eliseo Nunez is named a national Corpsmember of the Year at the Corps Network Annual Conference
- Graduate Eliseo Nunez is featured in the Union-Tribune
- March 18 Named Eliseo Nunez Day in the City of San Diego by Councilmember Marti Emerald
- City of San Diego Councilmember Scott Sherman serves as Graduation Keynote Speaker in June
- 104 Corpsmembers receive high school diplomas
- 1600 trees planted
- 7 million CRV recyclables collected
- 11 miles of trails improved
- 10 square miles of watershed restored
- 2,000 acres of fire fuel cleared
- 5.5 acres of habitat restored
- 1,592,694 million sq. ft. graffiti removed
- 123 homes rehabilitated &/or weatherized
- 18,873 cubic yards litter removed
- 2700 volunteer hours contributed
- Urban Corps partnered with The California Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide charter high school services to members of the CCC's San Diego Center in National City and the CCC satellite center in Vista. The groundbreaking partnership represents the first time the CCC has partnered with an independent local conservation corps to provide academic services
- The California Strategic Growth Council awards Urban Corps $856,550 under the Urban Greening Program for the Neighborhood Canyons Access and Enhancement Project.
- Urban Corps is approved to hold conservation easements
- AT&T awards $25,000 Aspire grant towards C2C
- Bank of America grants Urban Corps $10,000 toward general operating expenses
- Four EDRiP grants for Emergency Drought Relief pass through the California Conservation Corps to Urban Corps for brush management projects in Mission Valley, Otay Lake, Tecolote Canyon and Lake Hodges
- A City of Chula Vista CDBG grant initiates a Green Street home improvement project in the City of Chula Vista
- A City of San Diego CDBG grant brings just under $500,000 for much-needed facility improvements
- SD County Neighborhood Reinvestment and Community Enhancement Program Grants totaling $63,000 support trailers, volunteer events, Corpsmember bus passes, defibrillators, and a stakeside truck
- Urban Corps is named an ETP training site by the California EDD to support job training efforts
- Gage Elementary School Garden project completed with SDG&E Environmental Champions grant
- Starbucks Foundation awards Urban Corps $15,000 towards YouthBuild program
- Named a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps by the US Forest Service
- A 2-month restoration project on Cowles Mountain is completed in partnership with the City Of San Diego Parks And Rec. to re-slope trails, reconstruct outflows, address erosion, and construct rock walls
- Mayor Bob Filner serves as Keynote Speaker at the March commencement, Council President Todd Gloria serves as Keynote Speaker in July, and Assemblymember Rocky Chavez serves as Graduate Keynote Speaker in December
- Graduated 80 corpsmembers with a high school diploma
- Awarded $1.1 million sole source contract from the City of San Diego for recreational improvements in Chicano Park
- 1200 trees planted
- 4.9 million CRV recyclables collected
- 3.5 miles of trails improved
- 6.5 acres of watershed restored
- 400 acres of brush cleared
- 1.8 million sq. Ft. graffiti removed
- 90 homes improved
- 6,700 cubic yards litter removed
- 2,500 volunteer hours contributed
- Urban Corps' becomes a national YouthBuild affiliate and brings in its first round of YouthBuild trainees in the fall
- Private giving circle awards $40,000 grant to construct YouthBuild vocational classroom
- Ragda Raphael is named a national Corpsmember of the Year at the Corps Network Annual Conference
- A primrose removal project along the San Diego River combines City of Santee funding from a County of San Diego Vector Control Grant with Urban Corps' Prop. 84 funding to restore a portion of watershed
- Urban Corps receives donation of more than 1500 pairs of steel-toed boots from R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility
- Urban Corps participates in Arbor Day tree planting with Councilmember Marti Emerald at Franklin Elementary
- Urban Corps contracted by the City of San Diego to perform administration and maintenance eservice for the Barrio Logan Maintenance Assessment District (MAD)
- Walmart awards $11,800 grant for general operations and $25,000 for YouthBuild Program
- College Area Community Garden Project completed with SDG&E Environmental Champions grant
- Las Patronas grant received for $48,000 to fund purchase of a chipper
- SD County Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants totaling $70,000 support building improvements and a pressure washer
- Qualcomm awards $10,00 grant to support Corps-to-Career Department
- Cal Fire Green Trees for the Golden State Grant brings $74,000 for urban forestry efforts
- Awarded $10,000 grant from Bank of America to support Corps-to-Career Department
- Robert Chávez appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May
- Founding CEO Sam Duran retires from Urban Corps in August
- Mayor Jerry Sanders serves as Keynote Speaker at April's graduation ceremony, Senator Juan Vargas serves as Keynote Speaker in August, and Council President Kevin Faulconer serves as Keynote Speaker in November
- 91 Corpsmember graduate with high school diplomas
- Awarded $37,000 from the SD Foundation Environment Grant; Corpsmembers remove 26,000 pounds of ocean-bound trash from the Tijuana River Valley in partnership with WiLDCOAST
- 1868 trees planted
- 4 million pounds of litter and trash collected
- 1,416,316 square feet graffiti removed
- 86 acres of habitat restored including trails, watersheds, & fire fuel reduction
- 75 households weatherized
- Participated in Clean and Safe program for Pacific Beach sponsored by the Office of Councilmember Kevin Faulconer
- National School Lunch Program established at Urban Corps Charter School
- Pre-Corps established, enrollment rises by 30%
- 58 CM Certifications awarded
- 2500 volunteer hours contributed to San Diego region
- Awarded $256,000 from Price Charities to operate the Clean and Safe program in City Heights
- Crestridge habitat management project receives $56,000 in funding through Prop. 84
- Gary and Mary West Foundation awards Corps-to-Career 2-year grant for $400,000
- Awarded $10,000 general operating grant from Bank of America
- Corpsmembers plant 100 trees through a $10,000 California ReLeaf grant to support the EarthLab, a project of Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek and Sempra Energy
- A partnership is formed with the Men's Wearhouse Donation Program enabling graduating Corpsmembers to pick out a brand new suit
- Urban Corps hosts Honeywell's Green Boot Camp for teachers worldwide providing an interactive workshop focused on best practices for teaching sustainability
- Fire Fuel Reduction program is funded by the Calif. Fire Safe Council bringing $188,000 for brush management and certified training in partnership with the Viejas Fire Dept.
- City Heights multi canyon trail project completed in partnership with SD Canyonlands with support from SDG&E Environmental Champions grant
- Received Energy All-Star Award from the California Center for Sustainable Energy
- Employed 318 youth ages 18-24 in the Fire Fuel Reduction Program, a $1.1 million ARRA-funded contract through SD Workforce Partnership. UCO leverages the program to $1.7 million and crews help create 250 acres of fire defensible space
- Completed 1,508 hours of volunteer community service in the City of San Diego
- Planted 1,000 trees
- Over 600,540 pounds of recyclable beverage containers diverted from local landfills.
- Removed 2 million square feet of graffiti from throughout San Diego County
- Environmental Services removed more than 40,000 cubic yards of brush and litter
- Graduated 80 corpsmembers with their high school diploma; 95% of grads moved on with either a job or enrollment in post secondary education
- Assemblymember Toni Atkins was the Keynote Speaker at the March Urban Corps Charter School Graduation; Mark Cafferty, CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership served as Keynote Speaker in June, and Senator Christine Kehoe gave the Keynote Address to graduates at December’s commencement ceremony.
- Presented the TreeSmart education presentation to 1,410 San Diego students
- Collaborated with local urban forestry groups on a number of high profile tree planting events, including the “Barefoot Eco-Runner” events which promoted global reforestation efforts.
- Toured the Columbia Delegation, a group of international government and law enforcement officials visiting from Columbia by way of the U.S. State Dept.
- Urban Corps' Recycling ECO Center is spotlighted in action in a 3-minute NBC feature including an interview with Corpsmember Benjamin Williams.
- Installed urban gardens at Morse High School and the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
- Established our own independently held charter school – Urban Corps Charter School – through a partnership with the Mono County School District and boosted CM enrollment by 30%
- The Gateway Mural debuts on Rosecrans and Jefferson streets featuring the best of San Diego areas including a large depiction of the Urban Corps program along Jefferson St.
- UCO’s GreenBuild program awarded $25,000 for a Mobile Green Building Learning Center module
- The yearend fundraiser in honor of CEO Sam Duran’s 75th birthday raises more than $100,000 in unrestricted funding and helps kick off a 10-to-1 challenge campaign to raise $1 million.
- The SD Foundation’s “giveBIG” matchday helps Urban Corps raise more than $40,000 in funding in a 36-hour period in December
- Awarded $150,000 from the Gary and Mary West Foundation to operate the Corps-to-Career career services and counseling department.
- University of Phoenix, the nation’s largest private university, awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Corps graduate Andrew Miller.
- Featured in the SD Union Tribune multiple times with 2 local cover stories on the Fire Fuel Reduction Program and a front page photo of Corpsmembers working on San Diego’s channels and drains.
- Completed construction and renovations on the Urban Corps site and held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to debut the green campus including the Recycling ECO Center, Rooftop Garden, Community Room and Sustainable Vehicle Wash
- Completed 31,560 hours of volunteer community service in the City of San Diego
- Planted 2,382 trees
- 5 million beverage containers collected amounting to over 500 tons of recyclables diverted from local landfills.
- Removed 1,946,749 square feet of graffiti from throughout San Diego County
- Restored 5,805,000 square feet of habitat in the City of San Diego and built 5,000 linear feet of trails
- Graduated 61 corpsmembers with their high school diploma
- San Diego City Councilmember Marti Emerald was the Keynote Speaker at the February John Muir Charter School Graduation. Assemblymember Mary Salas, 79th District, was Keynote Speaker at the June graduation. And San Diego Unified School Board President Richard Barrera was Keynote Speaker at the October graduation
- Employed 167 youth ages 18-24 in the Summer Youth Employment Program, a $425,000 ARRA-funded contract through SD Workforce Partnership
- Received a 2010 EARTH Award from San Diego Earthworks
- Partnered with SDG&E Sustainable Communities Program to put solar panels on the Community Room roof
- Partnered with SDG&E to create the first Sustainable Experience Kiosk to highlight the solar panels, the site’s green features and the future of renewable energy
- State Department Delegation from Pakistan tours Urban Corps seeking best practices of effective NGOs
- Awarded 5 Environmental Enhancement & Mitigation contracts through Caltrans
- Redevelopment Agency’s Green Street Community Enhancement Program extended one year
- Rooftop Garden featured on Channel 7/39 and Channel 4 San Diego
- Planted 1,000 trees in one day through the San Diego Healthy CommuniTrees event produced for United Voices, a statewide organization who arranged the day of volunteer service in honor of national Make a Difference Day. In total 4,000 trees were planted in California.
- Michael Priegel awarded San Diego Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award
- Received an Orchid Award for Social Sustainability from the San Diego Architectural Foundation
- $1 million contract awarded through Workforce Partnership for fire fuel reduction; UCO leverages an additional $700,000 for this project through various sources including CALFIRE, City of San Diego, and Viejas.
- Sam Duran awarded San Diego Business Journal’s CEO of the Year Award
- Celebrated 20th Anniversary of service to San Diego’s youth
- Completed 4,263 hours of volunteer
community service in the City of
- Planted 1,879 trees
- Held VIP 20th Anniversary Event
with speakers Attorney General Jerry
Brown, Justice Tony Kline, San Diego
Mayor Jerry Sanders, and Congresswoman
- July 23, 2009 declared Urban Corps
Day in the City of San Diego.
- Implemented a 20th Anniversary
Brochure & “$20 for 20” Fundraising
Campaign which raised over $25,000
over the course of the year.
- Welcomed new board members Bob
Benson and Diane Chalmers.
- San Diego City Councilmember Carl
DeMaio was the Keynote Speaker at
the October John Muir Charter School
Graduation and Mike Niggli, COO of
SDG&E, was Keynote Speaker at
the October graduation.
- Graduated 39 corpsmembers with
their high school diploma.
- Employed over 260 youth ages 14-24
in the Summer Youth Employment Program
in partnership with Workforce Partnership
and funded by ARRA.
- Received $167,000 in ARRA funds
through California ReLeaf.
- Received $200,000 from Bank of
America Charitable Foundation’s
Neighborhood Excellence Initiative
- Was one of four finalists for Sempra
Energy Foundation’s Environmental
Champion’s Award and was granted
$50,000 for the Rooftop Garden.
- Received Best Urban Forestry Program
of the Year award from the California
Urban Forests Council.
- Received the 2009 Outstanding Recycling
Program award from the California
Resource and Recovery Association.
- Secured $2,181,720 in Prop 84 funding
for watershed conservation projects
throughout San Diego, including funding
for acquisition of Moore St. property
for Emergency Services Trainings.
- Received $275,000 in CDBG funding
from the City of San Diego
- Received $7,500 from AT&T,
and generous donations from The Sudberry
Family Trust, Charlotte Nielsen,
- Partnered with LEAD Action Team
to enhance the Corps-to-Career Dept.
and host the First Annual Corpsmember
Job Fair in July, attended by 14
employers and schools.
- Received Jobing.com grant of in-kind
access to Resume & Job Search
Tools worth $42,000
- Received the 2009 San Diego Excellence
in Energy Awards (SANDEE) from the
Center For Sustainable Energy
- All staff moved into the newly renovated administration center
- Welcomed new board members, Dan Smith, President of El Dorado Properties, Dick Freeman, Vice President of the San Diego Padres and Annette Curtis, Owner, Glen Curtis, Inc.
- Lt. Governor John Garamendi toured the Urban Corps
- Chris Young of the San Diego Padres was the Keynote speaker at the June 27th High School Graduation
- Graduated 70 corps members with their high school diploma. 23 went on to full time college
- Corpsmember Dionte Floyd received a $10,000 scholars ship from Price Charities and was featured on KPBS radio
- Urban Corps hosted the two-day Quarterly Meeting of the California Association of Conservation Corps (CALCC)
- Recycling tonnage increased by 48%
- Partnered with San Diego Waste Management for a pilot community educational program
- Contracted with the greater Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District to carry out their BID services
- Received a grant of $400,000 from the Gary &Mary West Foundation for Corps-to-career
- Received $1.9 million from AB3056 to help fund our Recycling Education Community Outreach Center
- Received $475,000 towards the Recycling Education Community Outreach Center from the San Diego Redevelopment Agency
- Received $495,000 in CDBG funding
- Awarded $230,000 from the San Diego Foundation
- In addition Urban Corps received $15,000 from Qualcomm for the Corps-to-Career Program, $50,000 from Bank of America, $15,000 from the Parker Foundation, $12,000 from point of entry events, $10,000 from AT&T, $6,000 from Pardee Homes, $11,000 in general donations
- LEAD selected Urban Corps as a community partner for their LEAD 2009 class
- Partnered with Workforce Investment Partnership on a National Emergency Grant which employed citizens displaced in the 2007 California Wildfires
- Urban Corps work to restore burn areas was reported on by KUSI News and KGTV Channel 10 news
- KPBS aired a 30-minute special devoted to the Urban Corps, highlighting 8 corps members and their life struggles
- News coverage for Urban Corps recycling partnership with Qualcomm Stadium was seen in the Union Tribune, Sign on San Diego, Voice and Viewpoint and on PBS Radio
- Congresswoman Susan Davis and the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives Dan Beard, toured the Urban Corps and made a presentation to staff and corps members on the “Greening of the Capital”.
- Corps Member Joe Carreon was awarded the California Association of Local Conservation Corps’ Corps Member of the Year Award at a special event celebrating CALCC’s 15th Anniversary
- Graduated 45 corps members with
their high school diploma. Keynote
speakers were Assembly member Lori
Saldana and Councilman Ben Hueso
- Welcomed 337 youth into the program
- Increased recycling tonnage by
48%, or 198 tons, for a total of
1,221,812 tons in 07-08 fiscal year;
24% of total tonnage increase coming
from beverage containers alone.
- Planted 1370 trees
- Painted out graffiti county-wide
- Kicked off the Capital Campaign
initiative to complete the vision
of a state-of-the-art facility for
San Diego’s youth. The campaign
will be co-chaired by board member
- Submitted AB3056 Proposal in the
spring for $2.2m toward new building
construction and was awarded $2.1m
from AB3056 in the summer
- Renovation work started on the
main building, which will house administration,
financial and operations offices
as well as John Muir Charter
- Awarded the “Best Strategic
Partnership” from the National
Association of Conservation Corps
(NASCC) for our partnership with
the School of Leadership at the University
of San Diego
- Implemented the new Weatherization
and Energy Efficiency Residential
Rehabilitation (WEER) Program in
partnership with the City of San
Diego, and also worked with San Diego
and San Ysidro redevelopment agencies
on similar weatherization program
for low-income and disability households
- Awarded $250,000 from the California
State Resource Agency for environmental
protection and flood control work
- Awarded Earth Share of California’s
Helen Glenny Award.
- Awarded the San Diego Business
Journal’s 2007 Heritage Award
- Corps members met with state legislators
during Government Education Day in
- Urban Corps environmental services
department assisted in the San Diego
Wildfires relief effort providing
traffic control, partnering with
the San Diego Chargers and the Salvation
Army to collect donations for fire
victims, and installing of 1000 linear
feet of split rail fencing in Mission
Trails that burnt during the Cedar
- Performed city-wide litter abatement
program in Carlsbad
- Contracted with San Diego Unified
Port District for graffiti removal
- Provided on-going Chollas Creek
litter, non-native vegetation, and
debris removal and received new contract
to provide continued habitat restoration
of Chollas Creek including construction
of a combination crib step/ deck
- Sent two staff and two Corps members
to the James Hubbell workshop at
the Esperanza School Complex in Tijuana,
- Urban Corps’ Chief Executive
Officer, Sam Duran, named Hispanic
Hero by San Diego’s CW5.
- Mark Guglielmo, Vice President Operations, San Diego Padres
Baseball Club joined the Board of Directors
- Christine Moore, Director of
External Affairs, AT&T California
joined the Board of Directors
- Received a national award for
our partnership with the University
of San Diego’s Leadership
and Education Department for the
Urban Corps Assessment and Counseling
Clinic (UC-ACC) which brings 20
master degree students to work
with Urban Corps students.
- Graduated a total of 33 corps
members with their high school
- Served a total of 429 youth from
Jan 06 to 11/06.
- Two corps members received $10,000
scholarships from the Price Scholarship
- Awarded $3,500 in scholarships
to graduating corps members.
- Donated a new computer to each
graduating corps member.
- Recruited 14 volunteer classroom
tutors/assistants from the University
of San Diego.
- Recruited volunteer classroom
tutor/assistant from NROTC.
- City Heights Family Health Clinic
began delivering comprehensive
health education and health services
information on a monthly basis
- Sent 8 corps members on an exchange
program with Quebec, Canada and
hosted ten 10 Canadians.
- Partnered with Able-Disabled
on the education component of their
Youth Build Program.
- Partnered with the City of San
Diego @ Qualcomm Stadium to install
recycling placards in the tailgate
areas and at the entrance gates
of the stadium.
- Expanded recycling collection
services at PETCO Park to include
power blowing, pressure washing,
and suites cleaning.
- Expanded our program to include
contracts with the cities of Escondido,
Chula Vista, National City and
- Received an Earth Award from
San Diego City Councilwoman Donna
Frye on our recycling program at
- Partnered with Scripps Institute
of Oceanography and UCSD on a Storm
Water Management Plan, Source Control
Best Practices (BMP) program.
- Awarded an IMPACT Grant from
the San Diego Foundation.
- Hosted 3 groups of international
visitors at the request of the
- Received grant funding for 32
corps members for a Civic Justice
Program with National Association
of Service Conservation Corps and
the Dept. of Labor.
- Filed with Secretary of State
to change organizational name to
Urban Corps of San Diego County,
thereby broadening our reach county-wide.
- Served 387 youth
- Planted 1,821 Trees
- Collected 220 tons of recyclable materials
- Removed 1,578,367 square feet of graffiti
- Made 53 presentations to 1,590 middle school students on the importance of urban forestry
- Graduated 29 Urban Corps students with their high school diploma
- Assisted 175 youth in receiving their Class B and C Driving License\
- Created an exchange program for youth between Quebec, Canada and San Diego, USA
- Began a program to provide corps members with training in GPS mapping
- Was honored for 15 years of service to the youth and communities of San Diego by San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy and the San Diego City Council and by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
- Partnered with City of San Diego’s Metropolitan Wastewater Department to restore Adobe Falls, a riparian habitat, that was severely damaged some years back in a sewer spill (attached)
- Partnered with the San Diego Padres and Petco Park to conduct recycling services at the park
- Escorted 15 corpsmembers, to join almost 500 other youth from the California Association of Conservation Corps (CALCC), to Sacramento to take part in Government Education Day
- Graduated 20 students with their high school diploma
- Joined with the City of Quebec to create an exchange program between the youth of Quebec and the youth of San Diego
- Significantly updated our computer technology through a grant from the Waitt Family Foundation (WFF)
- Angie Lucero, Vice President of Community Affairs at Bank of America, joined the Urban Corps Board of Directors
- Urban Corps purchases a permanent facility in the Midway area of San Diego
- Urban Corps staff and Corpsmembers pledge $20,000 towards UCO’s Building Campaign
- Ken Seaton-Msemaji, President and Founder of the United Domestic Workers of America, joins the Board of Directors
- Charlotte Nielsen, Community Volunteer and Co-Founder of Nielsen Construction Company, joins the Board of Directors
- An Emergency Crew consisting of 35 young men and women is established for fire clean-up and erosion control after the worst fires in California history burn over 400,000 acres, and destroy more than 2,000 homes
- Urban Corps is selected to partner with the NFL’s recycling team for Super Bowl XXXVII
- 41 Corpsmembers achieve their high school diplomas through Urban Corps’ on-site charter school
- Corpsmembers are showcased on an hour long NBC special featuring artists and architect James Hubbell
- Partnered with Mayor Dick Murphy and the City of San Diego to establish Urban Corps of San Diego Urban Forestry Division, in response to the Mayor's goal of planting 100,000 tress by the year 2020.
- Urban Corps, Mayor Dick Murphy, and Ellie Oppenheim, the Director of the San Diego Park & Recreation Dept., celebrated National Public Lands Day in Balboa Park.
- Began work on the Crestridge Environmental Reserve, building trails and working with renowned architect James & Drew Hubbel, to build a state of the art green building.
- Nick Stamos and Clarice Gaylord joined the Urban Corps of San Diego Board of Directors.
- Purchase of 9 new vehicles, a new chipper, and a new vacuum recovery power washer.
- Implemented the Corps-to-Career Program, which is rated one of the best in the state of California
- Placed transponders in all recycling vehicles, making it possible to track each vehicle's speed and location at all times
- Expanded our contract base to include high-profile legacy projects
- Brought on Anne Bernstien as Director of Development.
- Urban Corps relocates to 725 13th Street, downtown San Diego.
- Urban Corps receives a grant to fund a position for a Corps to Career program.
- Waitt Family Foundation donates a PowerUP technology center.
- Pangea Foundation donates furniture for the new computer lab.
- Waitt Family Foundation donates computers for job development center.
- Urban Corps begins restoration on the portion of the San Diego River called Mission Valley Preserve through Park Bond funding.
- Terrell Gibbs is the first Corpsmember to be named as Crew Leader II.
- Sandra Chavez soon after becomes our second Crew Leader II.
- Urban Corps receives a Cesar Chavez Day of Service grant from the State of California.
- MAAC Project hires Corpsmembers from the Weatherization Energy Efficient Rehabiliatation crew.
- The old Naval Training Center in Point Loma NTC is scheduled for closure and Urban Corps is asked to relocate.
- A Board of Directors retreat is held.
- The Urban Corps begins an intensive recycling program at Coors’ Amphitheater.
- The Urban Corps celebrates a decade of service with an Open House.
- The Urban Corps establishes a relationship with the California Charter Academy to provide educational services.
- Staff and Corpsmembers attend the National Hispanic Sustainable Energy and Environmental Conference.
- Assemblywoman Susan Davis helps the Urban Corps of San Diego receive a $100,000 grant from the State Energy Commission to purchase four alternative energy vehicles.
- A staff retreat is held to formulate a strategic plan.
- The Urban Corps dedicates it’s Community Conference room to Bud and Marion Wilbur.
- Assemblywomen Susan Davis helps the Urban Corps to receive a $60,000 grant from the State Energy Commission to buy alternative fuel vehicles.
- The Seacoast Drive Interpretive Overlook and the Grove Street Footbridge Construction project were completed. At the dedication ceremony U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Michael Speer thanked Urban Corpsmembers for their work. The project enhanced the wetlands of the Refuge and Reserve to visitors with an unobstructed view of the largest remaining salt marsh in Southern California.
- Pacific Telesis Foundation receives the prestigious Corporate award from The National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, based on the recommendation of the Urban Corps of San Diego.
- Corpsmember Michael Allen is the first to be promoted to Crew Leader in the Urban Corps.
- Corpsmember Jose Gonzales is the first Corpsmember to be promoted to staff.
- Urban Corps assists in grand opening of the Conservation Corps Museum in San Luis Obispo.
- Corpsmember Zoraida Abear is awarded a $500.00 scholarship to attend Southwest College.
- In the month of July Urban Corps removes 70,680 square feet of Graffiti, sandblasting 4,989 sq. feet, and water blasting 1,201 sq. ft.
- Earthshare of California presents Urban Corps the Helen Glenny Award.
- Urban Corps receives grant from National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institute) to conduct a survey of all outdoor sculptures in San Diego County.
- Pacific Telesis Foundation award Urban Corps $15,000.
- Corpsmembers Cecilia Villatoro is the first Corpsmember to receive a GED certificate.
- California Integrated Waste Management awards Urban Corps a Used Oil Recycling contract. The Urban Corps is the first Corps to receive such a grant.
- Supervisor Epi Lopez took a crew of 17 Corpsmembers to the Northridge Earthquake to provide emergency assistance.
- Corpsmembers work in Balboa Park's Alcazar Gardens.
- Summer of Service projects: Balboa Park, Children's Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, Maritime Museum of San Diego, Torrey Pines State Reserve , San Diego Railroad Museum, and Barrio Logan Arts.
- The National Association of Service and Conservation Corps selects San Diego as its site for its Annual Conference.
- Balboa Park is the setting as over 250 Corpsmembers and staff from all over the United States build trails, prevent erosion, build exercise stations for over 2000 hours of community service.
- Urban Corps is only California Corps selected to receive a federal contract from the Commission on National and Community Service to start the Balboa Park Service Corps.
- Urban Corps is featured in TURNING IT AROUND, Corpsmembers changing communities/changing lives.
- Supervisor Epi Lopez and a crew of 15 Corpsmembers respond to Laguna Beach Fires by providing erosion control for three weeks.
- Corpsmembers are provided specialized computer-assisted education activities at the SER / Family Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club.
- The San Pasqual Recreation Trail is a major project in its enormous scope, volume of work, and total length; including the education and technical knowledge and skill required.
- Dignitaries officiate at the opening of 14 miles of San Dieguito River Park Trail project.
- President Clinton selects the Urban Corps as one of his "Summer of Service" projects.
- Urban Corps participates in Hire-a-Youth program and recruits 125 young people in a week
- The Los Angeles Times writes a front page story on Corpsmember Joshua Conrow about his work at the Star of India.
- Balboa Park Grid Survey work consists of locating 162 temporary survey markers located throughout Balboa Park.
- Corpsmembers provide the labor force for San Diego's low water use Demonstration Garden at the Mira Mesa Library.
- Corpsmembers assist the City of San Diego in a Water Conservation Kit Distribution project.
- Maritime Museum enters in a partnership with Urban Corps for preservation of an historic Maritime heritage. Corpsmembers work on the Star of India and other Museum vessels.
- Corpsmembers sail on the Tall Ship Californian for a week.
- Pacific Telesis Foundation awards a grant of $100,000 that provides a crew to work at the Hillcrest Receiving Home, Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc., San Diego Center for Children Foundation, San Diego Chinese Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego.
- Urban Corps of San Diego receives a Recycling contract for $350,000 from the State Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling.
- Fieldstone donates the Urban Corps first computer.
- Corpsmembers Bruce "Jon" Picou and Kimberly Patrick are selected to participate in a exchange with the Committee of Youth Organizations of USSR. They worked for 30 days in Moscow area.
- Mitchel Clark and Rafael Cortez are hired in an electric apprenticeship by Berg Electric Corp.
- July 1st - Sam Duran is hired as the Executive Director.
- October 30th - First 20 Corpsmembers are hired and begin work.
- Projects include: Cowles Mountain Siltation and Erosion control, Miramar Filtration Plant Media Replacement, Harbor Drive Landscaping, Mission Trails Tree Planting. Rose Canyon Pampas Grass Eradication, Father Serra Trail Improvements, Black Mountain Trail Improvements, Polling Site Accessibility Survey, Memorial and Mt. Hope, Tree Planting and Maintenance, Marion R. Bear Natural Park Erosion Control, Tierrasanta Recycling, and Telephone Book Recycling.
- Urban Corps first recycling project is started in Old Town with a $79,000 contract from Los Angeles Conservation Corps.
- Mayor Maureen O'Connor and city council approve the creation of a Local Conservation Corps.
- Mayor O'Connor appoints a steering committee headed by Councilman H. Wes Pratt to oversee the development of this new program.
- Special Assistant to Councilman Pratt, Daniel Morales, is instrumental in the design of program and starts raising funds.
- First advisory board is appointed to include: Forrest W. Brehm, Linda LeGerrette, Roger Cazares, Art Lujan, Glen Estell, Dr. Bertha Pendleton Richard Haack, Razia Richter, H. Wes Pratt, Lynn Schenk, Jim Hansen, Gaye Soroka, and Judge Napoleon Jones Jr.
- First donations include: Techbilt /Paul K. Tchang, Fieldstone Company, Brehm Communities, Bank of America, San Diego Community Foundation, Ernest Hahn, Home Federal Foundation, Copley Foundation, and Price Company Charities.