Federal government shutdown closes Urban Conservation Corps.


The Sun — Cal State San Bernardino sociology professor ¬†James Fenelon and¬†Andrea Mitchel, who works with the CSUSB Re-entry Initiative, are quoted in an article about how the federal government shutdown has forced the nonprofit Urban Conservation Corps to close its doors this week along with its umbrella group, the Southern California Mountains Foundation.

The closure affects 75 paid workers and 750 volunteers.

The Corps has an agreement with the state to run the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (CALGRIP) program to learn life-skills training and to get a stipend for their work if they attend school and work the program, according to Mitchel.

Fenelon said the people affected by the shutdown are those who can stand it the least.

The article was published Oct. 10, 2013.

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