On Jan. 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new $146 million work service program for college students that offers $10,000 stipends for college expenses to more than 6,000 students who participate in local community projects. The effort called “Californians for All College Corps” requires students enrolled in the program to complete 450 hours of community service over the course of the school year to receive the funding.

“This is about forming stronger connections. Things that have more meaning tend to things that are beyond yourself,” said Newsom at the kickoff of the event.

Josh Fryday, who serves as California’s Chief Service Officer, moderated the kickoff of the “College Corps” program. In 2019, Newsom appointed Fryday, a U.S. Navy Vet and former Mayor of Navato, to “lead service, volunteer and civic engagement efforts throughout California.” 

“We see this program as what I like to call a win-win, win-win,” said Fryday, as he described how 45 colleges and universities across the state had partnered to implement the initiative that will start in the fall of 2022. “It’s a win for the student which helps them pay for college, gain valuable skills, social capital, and exposes them to different careers. It’s a win for the University because it keeps students engaged, reduces their financial strain and reinforces the reality that universities are essential pillars of their community. “ 

For more information, visit https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/californiansforall-college-corps/

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