2005 Corpsmember of the Year: Jessica Martinez
Jessica Martinez was paroled out of the Youth Authority system a month before applying to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Her primary goal in the Corps was to obtain her high school diploma, and most importantly not to make the same mistakes that she did in the past. A year later, Jessica has received her diploma, graduated with high honors and has earned a specialist position as a Recruitment and Training Assistant with LACC. Through her time with the Corps she has made great strides, including receiving a college scholarship and being elected by her peers to the Leadership Team, over which she now presides as president.
–“I didn’t realize, until I came to the Corps, that I have choices, which have consequences, and if I make positive choices I can make a better life for myself despite the actions of others.”
(written in 2005)