On January 18, California State University, Dominguez Hills was named one of 45 California colleges and universities chosen to take part “Californians for All” College Corps, the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history. In total, 16 CSU campuses were included in the historic $146 million investment in California’s future leaders.
The new service-based college opportunity program will provide up to 6,500 college students statewide with opportunities to serve in three key areas: K-12 education, climate action, food insecurity, and COVID-19 recovery. In exchange for 450 hours of service during an academic year, each College Corps Fellow will receive $10,000 to help fund their education.
Led by the California Volunteers Office of the Governor, the Californians for All College Corps initiative has three goals: to engage college students in meaningful service to build leadership and civic responsibility; to help students from diverse backgrounds graduate with less debt; and to support the work of community-based organizations.
“At our campus, we pride ourselves on not just being in the community but of the community. I am thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to give back to their communities while supporting their own educational goals and aspirations,” said CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham.
“This groundbreaking program perfectly aligns with our university mission: to provide the broadest possible access to higher education while working toward social justice and equity for all.”
For the 2022-2023 academic year, up to 1,355 CSU students will benefit, with each campus selecting between 50-150 students. The program is also the first available to AB540 eligible Dreamers.
CSUDH will receive a 19-month grant supporting the planning and implementation for the first year of the College Corps on campus. Subsequent awards for the second student cohort depend upon successful completion of the first year of the program, with amendments being awarded to those programs for the following fiscal year.
Students wishing to participate must apply. Details about how to apply will become available in the coming months. For more information, visit the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps website.