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20 students from 10 California campuses were selected in January 2013 as the first cohort 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 State University Long Beach's two Community Engagement Student Fellows will serve a dual purpose to: (1) complete a campus scan to identify and provide support for previously unrecognized community engagement activities to help strengthen the university's community engagement capacity and infrastructure; and (2) provide technical assistance as part of leadership development and civic engagement training for residents identified as emerging leaders in El Monte and eight cities in SE L.A. County. These students will better understand the value of community engagement for themselves, the community and the university, and to gain valuable personal and professional skills and knowledge. Click here to read more about CSU Long Beach’s CACC-CESF Project.
Dominican University: CACC-CESF student fellows will serve as student leaders/liaisons between DUC and community agencies to deepen/expand our partnerships. Fellows will participate in a student cohort, EDJE (Education Dedicated to Justice and Equity), which explores the social, political, historical, and economic contexts that shape their stories and impact the lives of the people and communities they work with for social change. This process deepens understanding and builds capacity to transmit this social justice perspective to other students and faculty in order to increase student awareness and community voice. Click here to read more about Dominican’s CACC-CESF Project.
Holy Names: Over the past few years, the City of Oakland, California has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of hungry homeless people. The Oakland Catholic Worker is a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing to Latin American immigrants and is currently working to alleviate hunger and homelessness through their soup kitchen and weekly grocery distribution. One of the CACC-CESF student fellows will help the staff at the Oakland Catholic Worker with advocacy and direct service for clients requesting services. The fellow would connect homeless people to necessary services in the community (food, medical services, guest housing, etc), helping to restore dignity and compassion to those living on the margins in East Oakland. The second CACC-CESF student fellow will be assigned to work as a Financial Literacy Teacher for elementary age students with East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), a non-profit economic development organization dedicated to the betterment of the East bay community. The primary role of the fellow will be to facilitate workshops for students on financial literacy, including financial counseling, Individual Development Accounts (IDA), and free income tax preparation to help low-income families increase their self-sufficiency.
Humboldt State University's Community Engagement Student Fellows will be working to support two programmatic efforts: one a campus identified need, and the other a community partner identified need. The first program is to explore and research the current "hunger needs" of our student population and potential development of either a campus food panty, or further collaboration with the Arcata Food Pantry. The students will develop a resource guide of existing services and programs. The second program is with the Volunteer Trails Steward project. The students will assist with social media outreach, promotional fliers and volunteer service days and events. Click here to read more about Humboldt’s CACC-CESF Project.
Sofia University: Proposed activities for one international student include expanding provision of holistic support counseling for women at a local women's organization, as well as expanding support for local homeless shelter activities. Secondary benefits to this student will include learning the needs of the local population, learning how local agencies work, and integration into the local community. A second international student will expand supportive information and supportive counseling related to religion and acculturation issues for Indonesian women around the world via radio broadcasts and skype. Secondary benefits for this student include experience with practical applications for her spiritual counseling and research interests.
UC Berkeley: Through Cal Corps' Alternative Breaks Program, 120 students will travel throughout the state of California serving in a variety of communities that face poverty, homelessness, educational inequities, and high rates of incarceration. Two of those trips will focus on cities within the Central Valley and Campo. These trips will be led by two students and will include daily hands on service with members within those communities to address pressing issues, dialogue to enhance learning and understanding of these complex issues, and reflection to assess the impact of their work. These trips will take place March 23rd-29th, 2013.
UCLA: After three years, the UCLA Center for Community Learning AmeriCorps "Jumpstart" program was invited to become a Supersite, based on our work with early literacy programming. We nearly doubled the number of AmeriCorps members and went from six preschool classrooms to twelve. UCLA is now one of three Supersites in Southern California. This means more training, coordination, recordkeeping and communication. We propose bringing back two successful Jumpstart members from last year to help manage this growth. These students are already familiar with Jumpstart and will provide the help we need at this point for preschool students, teachers and their families.
UCSD: The UC San Diego Student Health Advocates are volunteer peer health educators that work to enhance the personal health of students and the collective health and well-being of the campus community through educational workshops, events, campaigns, and programs. These peer educators address topics such as nutrition, sexual health, stress, alcohol, physical activity, and more. Specific activities include: educating other students about health issues and concerns through educational outreach programs on campus and in the community; making presentations to students and the community about health issues; participating in training fellow students; attending meetings and workshops where information and ideas are exchanged; improving communication, presentation and facilitation skills; learning to be a confident leader among their peers.
University of Redlands: 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 students.
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.