/EINPresswire.com/ Los Angeles, California -December 2, 2011-The LA Conservation Corps has joined the Hollywood/LA Beautification Team (HBT), along with Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC), and Northeast Trees (NET).

The four groups (HBT, KYCC, LACC and NETY) are co-hosting a local tree planting event to celebrate the multiple job creation and community health benefits that have been realized through projects completed by the four non-profit groups that are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The tree plantings will be conducted by students, volunteers and organizational staff. Numerous elected officials have been invited to attend and participate.

The event will take place at the Foshay Learning Center is located at Western Ave and Exposition Blvd. on Monday, December 5th at 9:00 am.

Robert Skillman of the LA Conservation Corps stated:”We are very pleased to be an active participant in this event. This is just the start of what we hope will be further collaborations to enhance the community.”

The goals of the American Recovery and Reinvest Act were to create new jobs, save existing ones, spur economic activity, and invest in long-term growth. Combined, these four groups received over $1.6 million in ARRA grants administered by California ReLeaf that have supported more than 34,000 employment hours contributed to the LA work force by teaching green job skills to at-risk youth and cleaning the county’s air and water through the planting, care and maintenance of over 21,000 trees since April, 2010.The Foshay Learning Center tree-planting embodies all of the goals of the ARRA and further demonstrates the need to sustain these efforts after the ARRA projects have been completed.

Visual and Interview Opportunities Include:
•Project managers from all four organizations will be at the event to field questions and share success stories about how the ARRA funding has benefitted the individual communities served by each group.

About the LA Conservation Corps
The LA Conservation Corps is the largest non-profit youth corps in the nation. Founded in 1986, its primary mission is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education, and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and projects that benefit the community.

For more information, contact: Mike Mena at 310-316-0612 or [email protected]