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The California Community Colleges Student Ambassador Program trains community college students to serve as advocates for health and wellness and career exploration–activities that are linked to increased success in college and career. 

In the first year, the program seeks to place over 100 students in AmeriCorps volunteer positions across 20 California Community Colleges. The program is designed to support students, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, access supports and resources offered by colleges. Currently, the program is recruiting colleges willing to serve as placement sites for members in exchange for program support, training, and modest financial support. 

Student ambassadors will receive training and complete activities that help community college students. For example, student ambassadors could help their peers prepare a resume, gain work-based learning experiences to improve their employability, or connect peers with resources that help improve their health and wellness.

The program is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Interested Colleges

The Foundation is currently accepting letters of intent to apply from colleges interested in hosting AmeriCorps volunteers. Colleges interested in participating in the program can apply through the letter of intent to apply form >

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Priority will be given to colleges that meet the minimum requirements and submit the letter of intent by August 11, 2017.

Participating colleges will receive program support and federal compliance assistance from the Foundation, along with modest financial support, to help with implementation of the program. In return, colleges will be responsible for supporting and training part-time AmeriCorps service members, tracking and measuring data over the course of the project, and reporting on project results.

To learn about program requirements and see if your college is eligible to participate, visit the FAQ >

Interested Students

Gain valuable work experience, serve your community, and earn money to pay for college. Members will receive a living allowance of $400, and upon completion of 900 service hours, an Education Award of $2,907.50 from the National Service Trust. To get started, fill out an application at

Contact Us

Carly Smith
Civic Engagement Specialist
T: 916.498.6708 



Submit any questions regarding the program to Carly Smith at The program FAQ page will be updated regularly with answers to questions about the program and the application process.

Interested Applicants Webinar

The Foundation held an interested applicant webinar to allow colleges to ask questions about program design and the application process. Responses to questions will be posted on the program FAQ and webinar materials will be posted after the event.

When: Tuesday, August 8th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. PST

Download the presentation >

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