California Volunteers and California Institutions of Higher Education Announce Historic University Service Program – YubaNet
CALIFORNIA, January 18, 2022 – Today Governor Gavin Newsom and leaders of California’s college and university systems joined Director of Services Josh Fryday to launch the largest statewide investment in a university services program of California history. California Volunteers announced the 45 colleges and universities selected as inaugural partners for the service-based college opportunity program.
“California is a world leader in both higher education and services,” Governor Newsom said. “The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps advances these priorities by connecting Californians from diverse backgrounds with rewarding service opportunities across the state while making college more affordable for our state’s future leaders. We hope the Corps will be replicated across the country.
#CaliforniansForAll College Corps will provide up to 6,500 college students over two college years with service opportunities in critical areas like climate action, K-12 education, and COVID-19 recovery. Students who complete a year of service will receive $10,000 while gaining valuable experience serving their communities. This program will bring together young Californians from all backgrounds in service and, for the first time, specifically create state-funded opportunities for AB 540-eligible Dreamers to serve their communities.
A total of 45 campuses representing the University of California, California State University, community colleges, and private university systems were selected as program participants through a competitive grant application process. The full list of schools is available here.
“Today is a historic day in California. The Governor, alongside leaders from the world’s top higher education systems, offered a monumental proposition to the next generation of Californians: If you pledge to serve your community, we help you pay for your college education,” said Josh Fryday, California Services Director and California Volunteer Manager.
Nearly four million Californians owe $147 billion in student debt, with black and Latino Californians facing the highest default and delinquency rates. Governor Newsom has prioritized the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps as part of an effort to lead the nation down service-centric paths, easing the debt burden of our recent graduates while moving the state forward with service-oriented careers.
“The University of California is pleased to partner with Governor Newsom on this innovative program, which will help thousands of students pay for their education while giving back to their communities,” said Michael V. Drake, president of the University of California. “Providing more pathways to a debt-free degree while allowing students to pursue service-oriented career paths is a reflection of our shared commitment to access, affordability and public service.”
“California State University students who have participated in the pilot program over the past year have taken their world-class CSU training and translated it into hands-on tutoring and mentoring in their communities,” said Chancellor of California State University, Joseph I. Castro. “This program is an invaluable opportunity for our students to not only give back to their communities, but also help prepare the next generation of CSU students for success. We look forward to even greater opportunities for students selected in the Corps’ inaugural year.
“The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps creates service opportunities for community college graduates that support our communities while creating career paths for our graduates,” said Chancellor of California Community Colleges, Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Community college partnerships selected in this first group of recipients include deploying our students to feed those who depend on our food banks. I am heartened to see that the Governor’s initiative recognizes the value of investing in community college students, who have tremendous gifts to offer through their service and future leadership.
“California’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities have prioritized student aid in recent years as costs for students have soared nationwide. Our colleges and universities have also historically prioritized service to the communities in which their students live and learn. The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps espouses these goals transparently and helps fill the financial aid gaps faced by many of our low-income students while pursuing the goal of serving our state in areas that need it. most needed. We are proud to have participated in the pilot program over the past year and are honored to continue with our members as campus partners and direct beneficiaries of this inaugural year,” said Kristen Soares, President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Led by Josh Fryday, Director of California Services,California Volunteers, Office of the Governorempowers Californians to take action to improve their communities. #CaliforniansForAll is a California Volunteers service initiative launched in response to COVID-19 to establish a volunteer corps to support the state’s response to emergencies and disasters.