CA college students do more than 1 million hours of paid public service
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Good news on the college affordability front: A program called the California College Corps is helping more than 3,000 students serve their communities while earning around $22 an hour in part-time jobs.
The program started in Sept. 2022, and participants logged more than 1 million service hours in the first year alone.
Josh Fryday, chief service officer for the State of California, explained that students who commit to 450 hours of service per year receive up to $10,000 toward their education.
"And they're doing really meaningful work in the community, everything from tutoring and mentoring to working at food banks to taking climate action, and building skills and social networks and capital social capital along the way," Fryday explained.
The program is now halfway through the second year and is funded at just over $73 million per year through 2026. It is designed to help low-income students avoid racking up huge debt. There is no age limit -- so older, non-traditional students are encouraged to apply. People can get more information through their school or at CACollegeCorps.com.
Fryday calls the program is a "win-win-win," because it benefits more than just the students and the community.
"It's a win for the entire state," Fryday continued. "We're preparing an entire new generation of Californians to be inspired to go into public service, but also have the tools to deal with tackling some of our biggest challenges."
California was the first state to launch a college corps. Several Midwest states banded together to offer a similar option. And last week, the governor of New York announced the creation of the Empire State Service Corps.
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