Students from these California campuses were selected in Fall 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 (CCE) continues to advance its ongoing student-driven, Project-Based Learning (PBL), co-curricular PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) and Engage the Vote (ETV) Action Teams. These student-centered groups are building a sense of community, belonging, and well-being by assisting the needs of campus members and Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) nonprofits aligned with underserved and marginalized populations.
Fresno State
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.
Sacramento State University
For more than 25 years, the goal of CEC has been to make a difference in the lives of our students and the Sacramento region. The CESFs will continue this tradition by participating in service and community leadership events and initiatives during Spring 2024. The CESFs will assist and provide input for (1) the annual CESF Showcase, (2) Alternative Spring Break (CEC), (3) Community Empowerment Faire (hosted by the Center for Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (CRISJ)), and (4) Farmworker Awareness Week (hosted by CAMP program). CESF’s will also collaborate with the CEC’s Youth Voice Youth Vote fellow.
Sonoma State University
The SSU Lead CA CE Student 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
Stanbridge University will select one student to volunteer with the Triumph Foundation. The student volunteer will assist at various events with the Triumph Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to help children, adults, and Veterans with spinal cord injury/disorder to triumph over obstacles they face, and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. Stanbridge University will select one student to volunteer with the Creative Identity (CI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves adults, 18 years of age and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout Southern California.