CALCC was formed in 1993 to enable California’s Local Conservation Corps to collaborate and to provide a forum to advance the conservation corps movement in California and nationally. The 13 certified Local Conservation Corps that are members of CALCC are individual, local organizations. The mission of each Local Conservation Corps is to develop young women and men, primarily ages 18-25, through a program of conservation work, education and community service. Each member corps is governed by a local board of community leaders. Since the first California local corps was formed more than 25 years ago, over 40,000 young adults have joined the movement.

Effectiveness, Collaboration & Certification
Local Conservation Corps provide an alternative to youth unemployment, incarceration, substance abuse and aimlessness. The unemployment rate of participants after leaving the corps is lower than those not participating in a corps.