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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 the 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 solicited interest from colleges interested in hosting AmeriCorps volunteers. 14 college sites were selected to participate, and the Foundation is currently working with colleges to prepare to host members this fall. 

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

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Contact Us

Cole Forstedt
Student Ambassador Program Manager
T: 916.491.4488 


Interested Applicants Webinar

The Foundation held an interested applicant webinar to allow colleges to ask questions about program design and the application process. 

Download the presentation >

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