Cal State LA President William A. Covino welcomed California’s Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday, State Senator María Elena Durazo, and local higher education partners to the university April 29 to help encourage students to apply for the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program.
The statewide service program is a new opportunity for thousands of California college students to serve their communities in critical issue areas, such as climate action, education and food insecurity.
During the news conference, President Covino shared that the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program aligns with Cal State LA’s longstanding ethos of service to others.
“We’re proud to work with our regional partners and the governor’s office to offer this opportunity, which benefits our students and our communities and serves the public good,” Covino said at the news conference in the Janice Cordova Garden of Well-Being at Cal State LA. “We encourage our students to apply to participate in this historic initiative.”
The news conference at Cal State LA was part of a statewide effort to kick off student recruitment for the new service program, which also aims to help low-income students graduate college on time and with less debt.
Students will benefit from two opportunities to strengthen their future at the same time: receiving $10,000 for completing a year of service and gaining valuable experience by serving their community. This groundbreaking program also aims to unite young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and specifically creates opportunities for AB 540 CA Dream Act students to serve their communities.
“If you are willing to serve your community and give back in a meaningful way, we are going to help you pay for college,” Fryday said. “This is a win-win-win: helping to pay for college, gaining valuable work experience, and having a meaningful impact on their community.”
East Los Angeles College President Alberto J. Román, Río Hondo College Board of Trustees President Vicky Santana and Durazo, whose Senate District 24 includes Cal State LA, also spoke during the news conference, praising the historic service program and echoing the call for students to apply to join the effort.
Cal State LA leads a regional consortium of colleges and universities participating in the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program. The East Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Regional Consortium includes Cal Poly Pomona, East Los Angeles College, Rio Hondo College and Cal State LA.
The consortium will offer meaningful civic and community engagement opportunities to at least 200 low-to-moderate income students, helping to reduce their college debt through financial support while addressing key challenges facing some of the most underserved communities in the eastern region of Los Angeles County.
Modeled after the California Volunteers’ pilot Civic Action Fellowship program, the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program aims to engage students across the state in solving problems in their communities, while learning key skills that will advance their own academic and career success.
“Being a part of this program has opened my eyes to a world I had never been exposed to before,” said Cal State LA student Ceeszely Aguilar, who participated in the Civic Action Fellowship program. “Through my service with our partner, the Southeast Community Development Corporation, I’ve learned that there is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from being able to support the community members that we serve.”
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