Cal Poly Pomona’s College Corps program has been instrumental in empowering and supporting students to make a positive impact on campus and in the surrounding community. Through various initiatives and projects, College Corps fellows have been able to showcase their skills, leadership, and dedication.
From October 2022 to June 2023, 25 Cal Poly Pomona Fellows served the community with a total of 14,389 community hours in three priority areas: food insecurity, K-12 education, and climate action.
- Food Insecurity: Fellows served over 6.4 million meals and mobilized 10,710 volunteers.
- K-12 Education: Fellows mentored/tutored 240 students and provided 1,714 mentoring/tutoring hours.
- Climate Action: Fellows provided environmental education to 2,382 individuals and created 16 community collaborations to expand climate awareness.
The students at Cal Poly Pomona are filled with enthusiasm to bring about a positive change in their local community. Over the past years, fellows have eagerly engaged in various activities such as volunteering at urban farms and providing online mentoring and tutoring to students. Through the College Corps program, students had the opportunity to choose from a selection of 10 community organizations, allowing them to dedicate their time and efforts to causes and nonprofits that align with their passions.
“During my time with College Corps, I served with the Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP), which is a non-profit solar manufacturing company based in Pomona whose mission is to bring affordable solar energy to lower income households,” said senior electrical engineering major Jalen Gumayagay, who served on College Corps’ 2022-2023 cohort. “My service with College Corps was an excellent way to get valuable experience in an industry related to my field of study while also helping to connect the surrounding community with cleaner and more affordable energy.”
The accomplishments of College Corps fellows at Cal Poly Pomona are a testament to their passion, dedication, and commitment to making a difference. Through their involvement in sustainability, mentoring, community engagement, leadership development, and entrepreneurship, they have left an indelible mark on the campus and the community.
“This program is a success because fellows are connecting with each other and their community. They’re giving their careers a jumpstart, while doing meaningful work, in critical areas. It is a win-win,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday.