CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume I, No. 4
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
December 2, 2003

News Stories
San Jose State University has created a faculty resource guide on ways to build strong partnerships with the community.
A faculty member shares her partnership strategies with a colleague.

Campus Spotlight
Christie Howell, a faculty member at CSU Bakersfield, coordinates a licensed preschool for homeless children, the first of its kind in the state. Discovery Depot provides clothing, parenting classes, and health care. All services are free of charge for one year as parents regain financial stability. Additionally, college students enrolled in a child development course use their knowledge of social development to design educational activities that benefit children who attend the preschool. Discovery Depot is funded by Proposition 10.

CSL 411
The number of CSU students involved in community service from 2000-2002 increased by 34,000.

CSL 411
A Jumpstart AmeriCorps member at CSU Fresno. Jumpstart typically utilizes FWS funds to help support college students who spend time with young children struggling in preschool.

CSU Utilizes More FWS Dollars for Community Service

In 2002-2003, the CSU devoted more than $5.2 million from the federal work-study program for community service placements, a 5% increase from the previous year.

Every university that receives FWS is required to allocate at least seven percent of its funding to support community service jobs. Thousands of CSU students are thus able to earn wages to help pay for college expenses while providing meaningful service that connects with their career interests.

Twenty-seven percent of the CSU’s total FWS funding was designated for community service placements, well above the estimated national average of 14% and triple the minimum requirement. Some campuses do even better.

CSU Sacramento commits 67.3% of its federal work-study funds to community service; much of that supports the tutoring program America Reads. Other CSU campuses with noteworthy percentages include:

      • CSU Fresno – 55.8%
      • CSU Monterey Bay - 52.4%
      • CSU San Bernardino – 41.3%

California Campus Compact will host six regional workshops on best practices for promoting effective FWS placements for students. On January 22, 2004, CSU San Bernardino will host the first workshop; two other CSU campuses will host meetings in the future. Campus Compact has recently published an article examining the efforts and best practices of the community service FWS program across the country.

CSU Long Beach receives $400K COPC Grant

CSU Long Beach (CSULB) and its partners received one of ten national grant awards from the Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), a part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Over a three-year period, service learners and faculty will provide literacy assistance and workforce development training to housing authority residents. One of the end goals of the project is to share lessons learned in hopes of creating more community-university partnerships in other Los Angeles County housing developments.

The leaders of this project, “Greater Long Beach/South Bay Community Partnership” include CSULB, CSU Dominguez Hills, a community college, nonprofits, and the Housing Authority of LA County. These organizations have been recognized for their collaborative work with two national awards.