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Students from these California campuses were selected in September 2014 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.

Fresno State University: Two Richter Center Student-Leaders (RCSL) will serve as California Campus Compact-Community Engagement Student Fellows in Fresno State’s Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. One Fellow will enhance the new “Community Engagement Coaches” peer advisory program, implemented by two previous Fellows. Activities will include researching dozens of new community partners and developing and conducting database trainings for student coaches and staff members. The second fellow will work with RCSL to develop a series of service-learning workshops and presentations. Activities will include assessing existing presentations, surveying key constituents, and developing training materials.

Occidental College: The Office of Community Engagement at Occidental College will engage two CESF Student Fellows who will enact the community engagement mission of the college through two projects: A project in collaboration with our social innovation campus initiatives that will build social entrepreneurship in and off campus; and to continue work on building a student advisory council to enhance Occidental’s community engagement on and off campus.

UC Merced: One CESF Fellow will work with Bobcat Partnerships, a new program that will begin in Fall of 2014, created to train and equip student leaders to facilitate the student experience as participants in community service projects. The goal is to educate students around reciprocal “service” as it exists within concepts of social justice, dignity and equality. Helping students understand their participation within the larger context of social issues and needs, the Bobcat Partnership Project Leader will collaborate with both community partners and students to help build a reciprocal, holistic experience. The second CESF fellow will work with Literacy for Life, an after school “Power Hour Plus” Homework and Reading Program with grades K-3. The student will work with Director of Education 2 to 3 days per week two to three hours per day, learning and applying reading acquisition, tutoring, and program management elements of “Book Buddies” developmental reading program. The Fellow will work to oversee and support volunteers, facilitate reading assessments and remediations among Boys & Girls Club members, and assist in keeping ongoing records of children’s reading activities and progress.

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 La Verne: The CACC fellow will work on addressing an important issue facing California - prisoner education and re-entry. The goal of this service project is to increase exposure and interaction between the university and the incarcerated by providing access to education through a community-based organization, The Prison Education Project. This existing organization will serve as the vehicle by which our CESF Fellow would deliver direct service, but also as an introduction for further initiatives that the University of La Verne would like to develop around restorative justice and prisons.

University of Redlands: University of Redlands students are passionate about serving our neighborhood and community and they do it in several ways. One of the University’s largest programs is providing 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 many families 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 children in our community.