About Us

Ventura City Corps is a nonprofit youth service organization dedicated to engaging young people in advancing our local community while fostering collaboration and leading change. The VCC model consists of young adult Team Leaders (typically between the ages of 18-30) who lead teams of our youth members (ages 12-18) in various community service projects throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

To date, VCC has mobilized over 6,000 young people in hundreds of community development projects and have worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations including FOOD Share, Friends of the Santa Clara River, and United Way. VCC believes in empowering our youth to be strong advocates for themselves and our community.

Our Mission:
City Corps of the Central Coast invests in our youth through strong mentorship and dedicated community service projects; impacting the City of Ventura by shaping ordinary kids into extraordinary leaders.

Here are just a few of the things that have been said about us:

“I feel confident that the experience, skills and information I have gained through my service have given me essential tools to build my future.”
Jacqueline (17), Ventura City Corps Member

“City Corps is an outstanding program to build assets in our youth as we assist the Ventura community… bringing together youth with mentors and role models as youth become connected to the community.”
Dr. Trudy Arriaga, Ventura Unified School District Superintendent

“Thanks to City Corps for providing Coastal Marine Biolabs with bi-weekly salt water exchanges for our sensitive marine life tanks, and for their involvement in our water testing research project in the Ventura Harbor, Hueneme Pier, Mussel Shoals and Ventura Keys. Their enthusiasm and quest for knowledge is truly inspiring.”
Dr. Ralph Imondi, Co-Director of Coastal Marine Biolabs