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What is College Corps?

As a College Corps Fellow, you will serve 450 hours in an area of K-12 Education, Food Insecurity, or Climate Action over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year (August 2023 - May 2024). This roughly equates to 15 hours/week. Through this year of service, you will earn $10,000 in a living stipend and educational award. Together, we will be mobilizing 200 Fellows to serve our local community including Tustin Unified School District, Southwest Community Center, South County Outreach, Step-Up Tutoring, IVC Food Pantry, Laguna Ocean Foundation, The Seva Collective, and Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

  • Create a generation of civic-minded leaders with the ability to bridge divides and solve problems.
  • Help low-income students graduate college on time and with less debt.
  • Address societal challenges and help build more equitable communities across California

As a College Corps Fellow, you'll receive:

  • Up to $7,000 living stipend (throughout service term) + additional $3,000 Education Award upon completion of 450 service hours (Awarded by AmeriCorps to be utilized for future education needs).
  • For Dreamers, up to $5,500 living stipend (throughout service term) + $4,500 Education Award upon completion of 450 service hours (to be utilized for future education needs).
  • Real-world job experience and skills to add to your resume.
  • Access to training, networking, and professional development opportunities.
  • Connections with Fellows across the state via a virtual community platform and regional events.
  • A sense of pride and accomplishment in working toward a common purpose alongside young leaders from across the state.
  • Passion for working in partnership with communities to make positive change;
  • Flexibility to work in different areas and adapt to changing circumstances;
  • Growth mindset and eagerness to try new things;
  • Interest in connecting with and learning from other students and partners across the state;
  • Willingness to be an ambassador for the Fellowship on campus and beyond.

Fellows will work with K-12 schools, food banks/pantries, or climate action organizations to build healthier and more equitable communities across California. They will do this in a variety of ways:

  • K-12 EDUCATION: Serve as a tutor to K-12 students at local schools and/or organizations that provide tutoring services.
  • FOOD INSECURITY: Serve at a local food pantry or food bank, food distribution center providing access to community members facing food insecurity.
  • CLIMATE ACTION: Serve with local organizations that are focused on positive environmental change.

The College Corps staff will do their best to match accepted Fellows with their top field choice, however, it is not guaranteed.

Students selected to join the Fellowship should meet at least (1) of the following criteria:

  • Needs to work part time and/or borrow student loans to meet their educational costs
  • Qualifies for a Federal Pell Grant
  • Qualifies for a State Cal Grant
  • Is an AB-540 eligible Dreamer who is an active recipient of Cal Grant B

Additionally, eligible Fellows are required to:

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent (I.e., GED) by the beginning of 2023-2024 AY
  • Be a full-time, enrolled undergraduate student at Irvine Valley College
  • Complete a National Service Criminal History Check and Live Scan, upon selection
  • Hold a 2.5 minimum GPA and remain in good academic standing
  • Commit to the program for the full 450 hours during the academic year (Aug-May)

Award Ceremony

May 19, 2023

Cohort 2 2023-2024 dates coming soon