CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume I, No. 3
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
November 5, 2003

News Stories  
The Office of Community Service Learning has recently added to its website commonly asked questions on using your AmeriCorps Education Award.

Campus Spotlight
Forty faculty and students at CSU Stanislaus recently participated in the 1st Community Service Tour of Turlock. Participants were able to get a first-hand look at the context of community challenges and assets, while envisioning how service learning supports communities. The project was organized by the Office of Service Learning with support from the Chamber of Commerce, student groups, and a grant from California Campus Compact.

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Through campus and systemwide successes, the CSU secured over $2 million from external sources to support service-learning initiatives in the 2002-2003 academic year.

A CSU Northridge student participates in the Tomorrow's Scientists program.

In 2003-2004, 595 CSU students will participate in six AmeriCorps programs. Exposure to national service programs creates a “culture of service” on CSU campuses and a win-win situation for surrounding communities that benefit from the contributions of CSU students.

CSU Makes Strides in Service Learning

In 2002-2003, 198 courses with new service-learning components were developed across the CSU in a variety of disciplines. For instance, CSU Northridge liberal studies students, enrolled in a biology course, conduct a program, Tomorrow’s Scientists, which brings 25 seventh graders to campus for hands-on lessons.

This past academic year marks the third year of California’s Call to Service initiative. The goals of this initiative are to:

  •  Provide 15% of CSU students the opportunity to participate in service learning, and;
  •  Develop and strengthen service-learning offices on all CSU campuses.

As a result of meeting these goals, more than 60,000 students, (14.4% of the student population), will have the opportunity to participate in service learning in 2003-2004.

At their November meeting the Board of Trustees will hear a report about these accomplishments and Humboldt State President Rollin Richmond will share his perspective on the value of this work.

AmeriCorps: Present Challenges and Optimistic Future
Anticipating AmeriCorps funding increase in 2004-2005, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV), has released a Request for Proposal (RFP), which provides information on applying for AmeriCorps funds.

Through AmeriCorps, CSU students help communities address problems and meet critical needs. AmeriCorps funding also can help support the coordination of service learners and volunteers.

Currently, AmeriCorps programs throughout the nation are experiencing the ripple effect of the budget cuts, and the CSU is no exception. Because of the reduction in AmeriCorps funding, the number of opportunities available to CSU students has decreased 44% compared to the 2002-2003 academic year. While there are limited AmeriCorps funds, the CSU has been granted 24% of funding in California for the 2003-2004 academic year. This level of investment underscores the CSU’s leadership role in national service. Join the effort and answer the GO SERV RFP!

Funding for AmeriCorps programs is provided through the federal organization the Corporation for National and Community Service and through the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV).