California Community College Ambassador Programs

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Supporting on-campus advocates for student success.

The California Community College Student Ambassador program trains California Community College students to serve as on-campus advocates, educating peers, faculty, staff, and the community about programs and resources available to support student success. Student Ambassadors build awareness of important resources through peer-to-peer outreach activities, both virtually and in person. In collaboration with participating colleges, the Foundation provides Ambassadors with outreach materials, ongoing training, leadership development skills, and community engagement strategies to help promote available resources that can increase student success.

The Student Ambassador model empowers student leaders to perform peer-to-peer outreach to promote important programs and resources and reduce stigma. Ambassadors leverage resources and training to help address equity gaps in student services. Examples of outreach include webinars, class presentations, partnering with student clubs and organizations, collaborating with faculty, staff, and administration, one-on-one engagement with students, and utilizing social media and other digital tools to raise awareness of resources for students. Student Ambassadors build skills in community outreach, public speaking, understanding how to access resources, navigating complicated systems, and community advocacy. These skills and experiences will help prepare them to enter the workforce. Student Ambassador programs also provide a paid opportunity for students to develop as campus and community leaders, addressing equity gaps within their community and using these skills to create further change. Peer-to-peer outreach continues to be one of the most powerful avenues to bring critical resources to those who need them most.

Student Wellness Ambassador Program (Statewide)

Icon of a person meditatingThe California Community Colleges Student Wellness Ambassador Program trains community college students to serve as advocates for the mental health and wellness of their peers, including the promotion of statewide mental health and basic needs resources. By using a peer-to-peer outreach model, the program aims to encourage healthy habits linked with increased student success in college. Ambassadors increase awareness about mental health and basic needs resources by building a nexus of support for their peers by learning about and collaborating with health centers, food pantries, CalFresh enrollment centers, foster youth liaisons, homeless youth liaisons, wellness centers, and mental health counselors.

The Wellness Ambassador program is currently accepting applications through May 31, 2021. To apply, please complete this application. Selected students will be notified in June 2021. All questions can be directed to wellness@foundationccc.org.

Community Resource Student Ambassador Program (Sacramento Valley Region)

Icon of a home in a communityThe expenses of being a college student can add up, which prevent students from having their basic needs met—including food, housing, textbooks, transportation, child care, health care, and more. Many students lack access to physical and mental health services, employment opportunities, and experience food and housing insecurities. These equity gaps are often increased for students from foster care, BIPOC communities, and other historically marginalized groups. The Community Resource Student Ambassador Program aims to spread awareness, fight student hunger, and reduce stigma around programs and services that college students can use to stretch their budget and focus on education. The Community Resource Student Ambassador Program trains students to build awareness about important public benefits and community resources, including CalFresh.

The Community Resource Student Ambassador program is currently accepting applications through May 31, 2021. To apply, please complete this application. Selected students will be notified in June 2021. All questions can be directed to ambassador@foundationccc.org. Eligibility for this program is limited to students who attend the California Community Colleges listed below.

  • American River College
  • Cosumnes River College
  • Folsom Lake College
  • Lake Tahoe Community College
  • Merced College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Sacramento City College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Sierra College
  • Woodland Community College

College Sponsored Ambassador Programs (Statewide)

Icon of a megaphone and a college campusThe College Sponsored Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for California Community Colleges to collaborate directly with the Foundation to bring the Ambassador program to their campus. Participating California Community Colleges financially sponsor the program, which allows for a customized Ambassador program tailored to the needs of each participating college. Selected Ambassadors conduct targeted outreach for the specific resources indicated by the participating college. If you are a staff, faculty, or administrator at a California Community College and you are interested in sponsoring an Ambassador program for your college, email ambassador@foundationccc.org.

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Carly Smith
Senior Specialist, Equity Programs
T: 916.498.6708 
E: csmith@foundationccc.org

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