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.
Currently in the pilot year, the program provides the opportunity for students to serve in AmeriCorps positions across the California Community Colleges. The program is designed to provide students, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, access to support and resources offered by colleges.
Student ambassadors receive training and complete activities that help other community college students. For example, student ambassadors 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.
AmeriCorps members receive a modest stipend and a Segal Education Award from the National Service Trust in exchange for completing 900 hours of service over the course of the year. The Education Award can be used for future education costs and previous student loan debt payment, providing an important resource to help California Community College students succeed.
The program is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.