In previous years, the Foundation’s Equity department has worked with a number of different partners on collaborative efforts surrounding several student populations and interests.
Census 2020 Outreach
Through a partnership with the California Complete Count - 2020 Census Office, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges were able to provide necessary Census outreach to hard-to-count communities across all 10 Census regions in an effort to obtain a complete count, while primarily focusing on the 2.1 million enrolled students in the California Community College system.
The Foundation for Community Colleges utilized both Student Outreach Ambassadors and Student Network Activations. Students participating in the program gained knowledge in civic responsibility, community outreach, and professional development. In total, both efforts reached 282,164 students and community members.
The Foundation supported training to create a welcoming environment for veterans and their families enrolled at a California Community College. In partnership with the Chancellor’s Office, the Foundation raised awareness of the needs of student veterans and provided professional development for faculty and administrators through the Welcome Home: Veterans on Campus training program. The Veterans Symposium also served as an annual gathering to share best practices that improve the ways Community Colleges can help smooth veterans’ transition into civilian life.
Healthy Transitions provided curriculum for young adults transitioning out of foster care to empower them to recognize how stress, anxiety, and past traumas impact their daily lives, and how identifying and managing these factors can increase their success in life. Healthy Transitions was funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and was a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.
Civic Impact Project
The California Community Colleges Civic Impact Project built student interest in civic engagement and expanded existing non-partisan student voter registration efforts. In addition to registering student voters, participating students educated their peers about finding their polling place, ballot measures, absentee voting, and other election process elements. The collaborative project promoted civic skill-building, volunteerism, and career paths among community college students and was made possible through the support of NextGen Climate America, a 501(c)3 organization.
AmeriCorps Student Ambassador Program
The California Community Colleges AmeriCorps Student Ambassador Program trained 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. The program provided the opportunity for students to serve as AmeriCorps volunteers to help other students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, access support and resources offered by colleges. Student ambassadors received training and completed activities to help their peers in several aspects of their academic career such as assisting them in preparing a resume, gaining work-based learning experiences to improve their employability, or connecting peers with resources that help improve their health and wellness.