Students from these California campuses were selected in Spring 2023 to participate in LEAD California’s Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at LEAD California member campuses throughout the state.
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons’ Center for Civic Engagement continues to advance its ongoing student-driven, Project-Based Learning, co-curricular PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) Action Team, aligned with its Engage the Vote (ETV) Action Team to build a sense of community, belonging, and wellbeing through the process of intergenerational relationship building with two Santa Clarita non-profits, including Zonta and Rotary. Together, students are identifying local community needs, as well as addressing solutions. PLACE students are using a podcast format to discuss avenues for change, while ETV students are drafting a legislative narrative.
College of the Canyons
Fresno State’s LEAD California Student Fellows will begin developing a student track plan for the 2025 COS Conference in Seattle. They will conduct research on the 2023 COS Conference, specifically evaluating the experience of student’s who attended. Fellows will also use data from the four previous LIFT Conferences hosted by Fresno State for student leaders. With all of the research gathered, the fellows will then begin initial meetings with 2025 COS conference committee and work through logistics and budgets. The goal will be to have a general layout of the student track completed for the next semester fellows to use as a guide.
Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University’s LEAD California CESF fellow will be an English or Communication Studies major doing an unpaid internship as a blogger. They will create and edit blog posts in support of the CCE’s efforts; create posts about events, community organizations and opportunities, and other community engagement topics; work closely with CCE student assistants, especially those working on updating our social media accounts and our website; and watch the work of our counterparts and community partners for ideas.
Stanbridge University will select one Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student to volunteer with Riverside Community Hospital. Stanbridge University will select one Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) student to volunteer with Epic Days Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves children and young adults with special needs throughout the Southern California region. Our BSN student volunteer will assist on site at Riverside Community Hospital, volunteering on a research based fellowship project. Out PTA student volunteer will assist at various locations with the Epic Days Foundation, whose mission is to enable children and young adults with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through safe and fun adventure activities that expand their true potential and connect them with diverse populations in their community.