Conservation Corps North Bay develops youth and conserves natural resources for a strong, sustainable community.
Tamika dropped out of high school at the age of 16 when she became pregnant with her first child. As the oldest child of a single mother who struggled with drug addiction, Tamika had to grow up early—she was already helping raise her four younger siblings. After years of trying to support her daughter and siblings on minimum wage and government assistance, she became pregnant with her second child in 2002.
Still a single mother, she began looking for ways to create a better life for herself and her children. After discovering CCNB through friends, Tamika (age 24) joined CCNB's training program in August 2005. She was determined to gain the job skills and education needed to turn her life around.
Two years later, we are happy to report that Tamika is thriving. She is actively pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education, thanks in large part to CCNB's Education program. She earned her Certificate of High School Completion through MCC's partnership with John Muir Charter School. In January 2008 she started her Early Childhood Education coursework at Contra Costa College with the aid of an AmeriCorps scholarship which she earned during her time at CCNB. Tamika wrote the following about her corps ember experience, "Conservation Corps North Bay is making a change in my life, for my kids and me. It helps us to make good choices and change our lives, be better people, and to stay away from trouble."