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Life at the Center

We work a 9-8-80 work schedule (during a two-week schedule, that’s eight 9-hour days, one 8-hour days, and every other Friday off).  The day gets off to an early start, with breakfast at 6 a.m.


After breakfast, all corpsmembers participate in physical training, or PT, in preparation for the work day.  PT is organized and led by corpsmembers.  Then it’s roll call at 7 and off to work with your crew, usually on a project within 45 minutes of the center.  Corpsmembers pack a lunch and eat with their crew at the work site.


The crews return to the center in late afternoon and dinner is at 4:30 p.m.  Seconds are always available for hungry eaters.




After dinner, corpsmembers will take classes several evenings a week. Those without high school degrees must work towards their diplomas through the John Muir Charter School, located right on the center grounds.


The Corpsmember Advisory Board holds community meetings once a week, each Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with all corpsmembers and staff.  The purpose of the community meetings is to acknowledge what all crews are doing that week, make announcements about upcoming classes and volunteer activities, and discuss other agenda items. The CAB serves as a sounding board for corpsmembers regarding what they want to initiate (such as recreation trips) and issues they might wish to take to the center director.  The Board organizes recycling, operates a CAB store and does other projects for fundraising.


On weekends, corpsmembers are free to do what they want but there are plenty of community volunteer activities offered to meet the CCC’s requirement for volunteer service (needed for the educational scholarship).


Brunch is served on weekends at 10 a.m. and dinner at 4 p.m. Recreational activities are also organized. Family members are welcome to visit after work and on weekends.

Los Padres (SLO) Center