Buchholz: I came to Job Corps to have a career
and to be something in life. Romero: I enrolled because I was getting into
a lot of trouble and no other place would accept me. Higgins: Job Corps has definitely changed
my life, 100% on the turnaround. Laborin: It’s a second chance for a miracle. Mageehon: Students coming out of Job Corps
are giving back to the community that is giving to them when they go into the program. Student: This is awesome! O’Halloran: It’s one of the few programs
that the federal government gets involved with, with youth, that really shows a return
on the investment. Deen: It’s good to kind of get away from
the city and find myself in the middle of nowhere. Film narrator: This is about a war on poverty… Jack Deinema: It was in 1964, President Johnson’s
“War on Poverty” program. And they wanted it patterned after the CCC program. NARRATOR: The Civilian Conservation Corps
of the 1930’s gave jobs, housing and training to Americans who were put out of work by the
great depression. Camps under the so-called “Three C” program were built on public
lands, and dozens of successful conservation projects were the result. In 1964, this legacy was the model for the
new Job Corps – created by the Economic Opportunity Act signed by President Lyndon
Johnson. The program’s first director, R. Sargent
Shriver, made visits to many of the first Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers operated
by the USDA Forest Service. Jack Deneima led the Forest Service’s early efforts. Deinema: Getting those young people out, working
with their hands, with an axe and a saw, in the fresh air and seeing the scenery, it gave
them a work ethic. They knew how to survive in a group environment and work together NARRATOR: Doug Leisz, one of the first Center
Directors for the Forest Service, saw results quickly. Leisz: They learned work skills and they ended
up being hard workers. We began to get them, also, involved in community activities. And
it made a very positive relation for them with local people. NARRATOR: Today, the US Forest Service manages
28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers on 22 National Forests and Grasslands in 18
states. Dixon: Civilian Conservation Centers were
developed to help solve the unemployment issues that we were dealing with and the degradation
of our natural resources. Those things haven’t changed. We’re giving young people a variety
of opportunities to become gainfully employed. And our students are participating in natural
resource conservation management on our National Forests. So we serve the public as well. NARRATOR: Funded by the U.S. Department of
Labor, these CCCs are educating more than 6,000 students, age 16-24. They receive free
housing, high school diploma or GED, and training in one or more of some 30 trades. After graduation,
students receive help with job placement. About 80% of graduates pursue a career, higher
education or military service. NARRATOR: So, what’s it like during a typical
stay at a Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center? See for yourself. NARRATOR:  The secret to Job Corps success
is never standing still. Forest Service Civilian Conservation Centers are keeping up with changing
employment options by focusing on a “green” curriculum, and on training that complements
U.S. Department of Agriculture priorities such as “People’s Gardens,” “Know
Your Farmer, Know Your Food,” and many others. Group: One nation, under God, indivisible… NARRATOR: The Forest Service Job Corps program
produces graduates with a variety of work skills, many of which are in demand throughout
the private sector, and particularly on National Forests and Grasslands across the country.
Entry level jobs in office automation, information technology, facilities maintenance and other
areas are helping the Forest Service achieve its mission of “Caring for the Land and
Serving People.” O’Halloran: This environment gives these
kids an opportunity to get off the streets, to change their lives around, to focus themselves.
They’re responsible citizens and they’re paying taxes back, so it’s a great return
on the investment, in my feeling. Garcia: Before Job Corps I was walking around,
living on the streets. I’ve really improved in my life. Ridley: Out here in the country you just kind
of find yourself again.