California Services Director Josh Fryday joined the presidents of several Central Coast colleges at Cal Poly on Thursday to kick off recruiting for one of the state’s newest companies, which gives students the opportunity to earn money for community service.
The Californians For All College Corps program, which is expected to welcome its first wave of participants in the fall, is offering students up to $10,000 to work on climate action, youth tutoring, food bank support and d other community services.
The financial incentive is designed to complement other programs, grants, and scholarships, like the Pell Grants, by delivering $7,000 in living allowances throughout the school year and an educational award of $3,000 upon completion. service time. Another of the ways the program is unique is that it is offered to DACA recipients, unlike opportunities such as the Hancock Pledge.
“We know that students today are struggling, not only to pay tuition, but also for books, food and rent, basic necessities. We know that having to go into debt does not only exacerbate the racial wealth gap that exists in this country,” Fryday said. . “With Californians for All College Corps, students will no longer have to choose between their passion and a paycheck, staying in school or helping their family, launching their careers or helping their community.”
Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Hancock College are 3 of 48 schools chosen to participate in the launch of the program from more than 400 higher education institutions across the state.
Joining Fryday in the recruiting call was Kevin Walthers, president of Hancock College.
“For our students, debt becomes a huge obstacle for them, so our students are not able to take as many courses as they normally would or cannot graduate on time and sometimes have to work” , he explained. “The College Corps will help students graduate on time without going into debt and continuing their education.”
For students to be eligible for Hancock, they must be full-time on-campus students and commit to attending the full academic year and completing 450 hours of service.
Students must also qualify for a Federal Pell Grant, Cal State Grant, or Middle Class Grant, must work or borrow student loans to cover tuition, or be DACA recipients.
The application deadline for Hancock and Cuesta is June 30, while the deadline for Cal Poly is June 15.
“Not only are our students empowered, but they have a social spirit. They want to help their neighbors and pay it forward. A lot of us look at them and say, “We don’t even know what you’re paying for, because we haven’t done a good enough job of giving you something to pay for,” Walthers said. “We’re excited about this kind of program, and we’re going to be a better community for it.”
Also joining Cal Poly student Allison DelGrande was Fryday and the Presidents, who spent some of her time in San Luis Obispo volunteering to help the homeless population. DelGrande spoke of the benefits community service can have over the college experience and encouraged those who qualify to enroll in College Corps.
“Getting involved in college service provides students with the perfect opportunity to connect with their new home and create positive change outside of the classroom,” DelGrande said. “When life gets hectic with classes, extracurriculars and everything else, I’ve found service to be an amazing way to ground myself.”
To learn more about the College Corps program or local opportunities to get involved, visit www.cacollegecorps.com.