The Urban Corps of San Diego County is now hiring new Corpsmembers for its North County location in Escondido. Photo courtesy Urban Corps of San Diego.

The Urban Corps of San Diego County is now hiring new Corpsmembers for its North County location in Escondido.

If you or someone you know is 18-26 years old, willing to work hard, have fun, and get paid while earning a high school diploma, Urban Corps may be the perfect fit.

Urban Corps is a certified local conservation corps whose mission is to provide young adults with the tools to expand their career opportunities through education, life skills training, and paid work experience on projects that benefit the community.

Corpsmembers work and receive job training four days a week on community projects such as tree planting, habitat restoration, graffiti removal, recycling, construction, and landscaping and attend school one day a week at Urban Corps Charter School – an onsite WASC-accredited charter high school to earn their diploma.

For more information, attend an Info Session at 2200 Micro Place in Escondido on Mondays (excluding holidays) at 9:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

With their participation, Corpsmembers receive a paycheck and additional services through our Corpsmember Development Department that helps them prepare for their future including career and psychological counseling, life skills workshops, case management, and one-on-one assistance with resumes, job and college applications, and job placement.

“Urban Corps is a one-stop shop to help young adults with a second chance,” said CEO Kyle Kennedy. “Not only a second chance for a high school diploma, but to get their life back on track and earn a paycheck while doing it.  Often people are unable to go back to school because they need an income to survive. Urban Corps pays them for their work and job training and helps them get their high school diploma along with other services that help them thrive.”

After completing the program at Urban Corps, youth are more employable, have the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the workforce, and know the importance of resource preservation and giving back to the community. On average 90 percent of graduates are either placed in jobs following graduation or are enrolled in higher education.

“Urban Corps has given me a second chance and a push in life to keep going,” said Corpsmember alum Helen Fehoko who graduated from the program in June 2022. “I’m thankful for Urban Corps because it had such an impact on me.”

For more information or to join Urban Corps, visit here.



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