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Key activities across all four campuses included:
• Involving at least 3,000 students and youth per year for three years;
• Implementing a minimum of four to six new service-learning courses at their institution or on college partners’ campuses;
• Working with at least three other colleges in their region to provide service-learning and community partnerships training and technical assistance;
• Collaborating with on-campus and community programs that are targeting the same populations as Youth to College;
• Planning or collaborating on activities that involve college students and/or youth for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service; and
• Educating state and federal government representatives about Youth to College activities.
California State University, Fresno’s program addressed the need for services that advance the personal, social and academic competencies of underserved youth in the Central Valley. The program also fostered an increased desire to attend college and a commitment to community service. A combination of tutoring and mentoring, college literacy training, community service and higher education service-learning generation was used to promote the goals of the project and the success of the youth involved.
Humboldt State University’s program provided tutoring and mentoring for youth as well as campus tours for students and parents. Through community and campus collaborations, Humboldt State held workshops on service-learning and community partnerships and involved college students and youth in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service activities.
University of California, Los Angeles’s program involved working with other campus partners to provide mentoring services, information on college applications, joint community service projects and Buddy Days for high school youth in Los Angeles and Pasadena. College and high school students also collaborated on special service projects related to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Regional partnerships were strengthened through service-learning leadership institutes for faculty from colleges and universities in the area.
University of San Diego’s program was designed to work with youth from underrepresented groups who do not know that higher education is a viable option for them. The program helped build interest in and prepare students from underserved populations for college through tutoring, mentoring and joint service-learning projects.
Over the three-year period of the Youth to College Initiative, 22,075 college students participated in service-learning projects involving
An external evaluation report on the three-year Youth to College Initiative confirmed its “overwhelming project success” with nine out of ten college students reporting improved attitudes for academic learning and nine out of ten at-risk youth participants reporting an increased likelihood of their now earning a college degree. In particular, the service-learning experience significantly increased plans for pursuing a college education by students and youth of color. Nearly 80 percent of African American youth strongly agreed that after participating in service-learning they now are more likely to go to college.
For more information on the Youth to College program model and future plans for the Youth to College Initiative,
please contact Piper McGinley.
California Campus Compact gratefully acknowledges the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn and Serve America Higher Education for its significant support in making the Youth to College grant initiative possible.