(a) “Community Conservation Corps” means a nonprofit public benefit corporation formed or operating pursuant to Part
2 (commencing with Section 5110) of Division 2 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code, or an agency operated by a city, county, or city and county, that is certified by
the California Conservation Corps as meeting all of the following criteria:
(1) The corps is organized in the form of supervised work crews and selects young
adults for participation on the basis of motivation for hard work, personal development,
and public service, without regard to their prior employment or educational background,
and consistent with Section 14402. Participation shall be for a period of one year, and may be extended.
(2) The corps' program is based upon a highly disciplined work experience, includes
an educational component, and is designed to develop corpsmembers' character and civic
consciousness through rigorous work on public projects. The educational component of the corps' program includes enrollment in a vocational
education program, public or charter high school, or postsecondary community college.
(3) The corps compensates corpsmembers at not less than the federal minimum wage,
and provides corpsmembers assistance in obtaining permanent employment following their
participation in the corps program.
(4) The corps engages in recycling and litter abatement projects as well as projects
that accomplish the conservationist and other purposes described in subdivisions (a) to (h), inclusive, of Section 14300, and that assist agencies of local government and other nonprofit community organizations
in developing, rehabilitating, and restoring parklands, recreational facilities, and
other community resources.
(5) The corps consists of an average annual enrollment of not less than 50 corpsmembers
between 18 and 26 years of age. In determining the average annual enrollment of a community conservation corps for
the purposes of Section 14581.1, the California Conservation Corps shall not include special corpsmembers, as described
in Section 14303, who are employed by a community conservation corps.
(b) The California Conservation Corps shall evaluate a community conservation corps
for the purpose of determining its eligibility for certification, pursuant to this
section, after it has completed 12 months of continuous operation, and annually thereafter.
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