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Students from these California campuses were selected in September 2013 to participate in California Campus Compact's Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at California Campus Compact member campuses throughout the state.
California Institute of Integral Studies: One CESF student fellow will be working on the pertinent issue of combating violence against women. The student will support a conference which will be exploring the underlying paradigms that maintain gender-based violence. We will invite panelists from both the academic world and the non-profit world with the hope of creating a mutually beneficial conversation between the world of research and the world of activism. The student will collaborate with the faculty and staff in the Women’s Spirituality Department in selecting the academic papers that will be presented; identify and reach out to panelists from the non-profit world; outreach to women’s organizations in the SF Bay Area; and create and disseminate publicity materials. A second CESF student fellow will assist in the growing commitment to restorative justice that is currently developing at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). This includes collaborating on a variety of projects that seek to raise funds to provide CIIS scholarships to formerly incarcerated people so they can complete their Bachelor’s Degree. The CACC Student Fellow will also assist in the development of a new Restorative Justice track in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
CSU Dominguez Hills: The Watts Youth Peacebuilders Initiative is a joint venture developed by Los Angeles City government agencies, spearheaded by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA); and the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (NCRP) program at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). The overarching goal is to reduce violence between the residents of the four Watts public housing projects dominated by their own distinctive gangs to realize a unified “One Watts.” The Watts Youth conflict resolution training was introduced in February 2013 to middle school youth by NCRP internship students. It was a promising start to a long-term community intervention that will ramp up in fall 2013 semester. Two CESF student fellows will be holding a joint elective component of dance and yoga two Saturdays per month for two hours at the CSUDH dance studio commencing in fall semester 2013. One CESF student fellow will teach a variety of dance styles representative of various ethnic groups and countries to introduce tolerance for diversity and the cooperative spirit of an ensemble. Since two hours is quite a long time for middle school kids to practice dance, the second CESF student fellow will alternate with yoga and mindful meditation that teaches inner peace and reflection as respite from their hectic environment. The classes will build towards a culminating performance at the end of the semester to demonstrate their newfound physical, artistic, reflective and interpersonal skills for their peers and parents/guardians.
Fresno State University: Two Richter Center Ambassadors – student-leaders dedicated to promoting the value of service among their peers – will serve as CESF student fellows in Fresno State’s Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. The fellows will develop a student-designed, peer-to-peer, service-based advising program. Activities will include data organization, program design, peer advisor training, marketing, and program assessment.
UC Berkeley: Through the CESF student fellow’s work with MISSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) and Don’t Sell Bodies, she has created the Student Abolitionist Movement (S.A.M.) project. This will be a project that serves as a catalyst that facilitates student involvement by connecting them to community organizations working in the anti-human trafficking movement that are in need of volunteers to aid them in their efforts. This project will be implemented during the Fall 2013 semester at UC Berkeley and within the local Bay Area.
UC Merced: One CESF student fellow will work with the Merced County Project 10% (MCP10%), a collaborative effort between UC Merced, the Merced County Office of Education and the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. The program was developed as a result of an identified community need and a student leadership initiative to address the high school drop out crisis. Following training and practice in the use of public narrative, teams of UC Merced Students go into eighth grade classrooms County-wide to share their story and to encourage persistence and success. MCP10% has received overwhelming positive response and support from middle school students, teachers, administrators and community leaders. A second CESF Student Fellow will work with Power Hour LiteracyPlus @ Boys and Girls Club of Merced County, a program that builds on the framework of the Power Hour Program of the Boys and Girls Club of America, an after-school homework assistance model. Power Hour LiteracyPlus tutors are assigned to children in grades 1-3 to work on reading, writing, talking, and listening literacy skills. Emphasis is in helping with school work, then implementing phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, including reading “just right” books that encourage and motivate children to read and improve their literacy levels.
University of Redlands students serve our neighborhood and community in several ways. Redlands students provide homework assistance and tutoring to local children at no cost to their families. Homework help and tutoring services are in high demand in our area and we have a high volume of children served. Our community has many families that are unable to afford academic assistance, and University students are serving to answer those needs. We have an on-campus location for free homework assistance, and an off-campus location at the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands, allowing our program to help more.
University of San Diego: The CACC-CESF Fellows will work within the Youth to College (Y2C) program, which addresses the opportunity gap that exists in the K-12 school system and provides University of San Diego (USD) students with a transformative learning experience. Fellows will work at afterschool programs serving Title 1 schools and will be trained in character education, relationship building, academic tutoring, and cultural proficiency. CACC fellows will be advised once a week and will in turn advise other students placed at their site. The fellows will also facilitate reflections with USD students to connect what is seen/felt to larger social issues.