UCSD to Participate in $10,000 Community Service Initiative

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UC San Diego will be one of 45 college campuses participating in the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps beginning fall 2022. The program offers up to 6,500 students $10,000 towards their education plus academic credits in exchange for 450 hours of community service.

On January 18, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program with the goal of helping students gain access to higher education. The part-time community service work assigned to selected students will focus on supporting California communities in need, encompassing COVID-19 relief, K-12 education, and climate action. UCSD was one of seven universities in the University of California system selected to participate.

A press release for California Volunteers describes the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps as part of Governor Newsom’s response to nearly four million Californians collectively owing $147 billion in student debt. Student debt is a national problem with more than 45 million students taking out loans across the country, with $1.7 trillion owed in total.

California Services Director and California Volunteer Leader Josh Fryday said the program is a “monumental proposition for the next generation of Californians”, stating that “if you are committed to serving your community, we will help you pay for your studies.

In one TweeterUC President Michael V. Drake touted the benefits of the UC system’s involvement in the program.

“@UofCalifornia is proud to partner with @CAGovernor Newsom and other CA colleges and universities in the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program,” Drake said. “This initiative is a reflection of our state’s strong commitment to access, affordability and public service.”

In an email to The UCSD Guardian, Associate Director of University Communications Erika Johnson explained what this program will look like for UCSD students in the coming year.

“Those who complete one year of service (450 hours) will receive a $7,000 stipend plus a $3,000 scholarship, college credit, real-world work experience, and access to training and professional development,” Johnson said.

UCSD will select up to 225 students, including undocumented Cal B grant-eligible students, to participate in this program. The school also plans to recruit College Corps Scholars to help elementary, middle and high school students impacted by pandemic learning loss by working with K-12 host schools in the San Diego community.

From January to July 2022, College Corps will complete the planning phase of program development with partner colleges and universities. UCSD expects to provide students with an application by the end of March 2022 and plans to update students with more information in the coming weeks.

From August 2022, the official implementation of the program will begin with the first cohort of students participating until July 2024 in a two-year program. If the initiative proves successful, Governor Newsom hopes to expand the program to include more California students.

Illustration by Tony Anguiano for The UCSD Guardian

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