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Alumni and friends of UC Berkeley who seek to support public service at Cal can get involved with our efforts to promote student leadership and community development in many ways.
If you are interested in supporting the Center financially – including providing scholarships or stipends to student leaders please contact Director Megan Voorhees at firstname.lastname@example.org or give online.
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This is a great place to post messages and let everyone know what you are up to and want to see Cal Corps doing:
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The Center seeks to cultivate among alumni a sense of community through community-building and networking events, as well as offer opportunities for alumni to support current student/Centerwide efforts.
Here are some ways you can get involved with the Center as an alum; most events are coordinated through our LinkedIn and Facebook pages:
Upcoming events to connect with other alumni include:
Join us for Cal Corps's End of Year Celebration of Service in early May, as well as the Chancellor's Awards for Public Service.
The Center offers opportunities for alumni of all ages to engage students, from direct service, to volunteering for on-campus panels and events, to mentoring Cal Corps student interns in the Bay Area, New Orleans, or Washington D.C.
Time commitment: 3-5 hours/event
Speakers spend an evening sharing their knowledge and passion with students, and are engaged or have experience in the public interest sector. Cal Corps offers more than a dozen student-facilitated courses on a wide variety of issue areas; the Center also coordinates two campus-wide events each year where we seek workshop leaders: the fall Leadership Symposium and spring Poverty and Homelessness Symposium
Volunteer in the Bay Area with a group of Cal students or alumni through:
Connect with our interns in a variety of locations for service projects that acclimate them to their host city. If you live or have a network in the Bay Area, Washington DC, or New Orleans, the Center coordinates 4 internships programs: Cal in Local Government and Oakland Community Builders (Bay Area), Cal in the Capital (Washington, DC), and Magnolia Project (New Orleans). These programs offer several additional ways to support public service at Cal:
Thank you for considering volunteering your time to foster a sense of commitment to the public good in Cal students.
We are always looking for stories of service from Cal alumni, whether or not this service was through Cal Corps. Your stories go a long way in inspiring the current generation of student leaders.
We also appreciate alumni who share a resource – a book, article, or piece of research or artwork – that has been useful in your own public service pursuits.
SoCal Alumni Social - February 2012
Cal experiences don't need to end when a student receives their diploma.
UC Berkeley Cal Corps alumni came together in a meet-and-greet event February 11 for the first ever Cal Corps Southern Californian Alumni Social. For many Cal Corps alumni, the event was a chance to become reacquainted with old friends while meeting new UC Berkeley graduates.
The goal of the event was to share information about the current campus and to continue the relationship between alumni and current Cal Corps programs, according to Mike Bishop, Cal Corps assistant director.
Monica Padilla who helped orchestrate the event said she was worried about how many alumni would show up. However, she didn't need to worry. About 25 alumni came out for alumni bingo, t-shirts, and chatting. The planned two hour event lasted three hours!
"Being a student and being a part of Cal Corps you become so close, but upon graduating everyone goes off on their own path," Monica said. "It makes you curious to what your old friends are up too."
To continue the connections made through events, alumni have created regionally based Facebook groups for keeping in touch and spreading news about UC Berkeley. The groups have continued to grow – the Southern California alumni group has over 65 members currently.
Check out the South Coast alumni facebook!
Megan Voorhees, Director for Cal Corps, attended the event to share updates on the Cal Corps programs and academic initiatives.
Jose Ramirez – a former Cal Corps employee – also helped organize the event. He directed the BUILD program and worked with Destination College from 2003 – 2007 after he graduated from Berkeley with a B.A. in Social Welfare in 1998.
Jose said it was good to have the opportunity to meet up with former students and hear what they were up too, who added that the vibe of the event was a mix between networking and socializing.
Everyone spoke about what they were doing in terms of work and school,” Jose said.
Monica worked with Cal Corps throughout college. After volunteering through the BUILD program, she became a student director for the program and a Bonner Leader.
Monica was able to join the program because of the work-study component, which allows students to get paid for their volunteering.
“I really liked the idea of working with children and addressing literacy issues and at the same time I liked getting paid, Monica said.
Monica and Jose were just two of the many attendees who spoke about past friendships and involvement made through Cal Corps programs.
Another BUILD tutor Felice Seto said she became friends with other tutors while participating in the program. However, it was the elementary students that really left a lasting impression on her. Being a tutor reminded Felice of the potential everyone has to grow with the little guidance from a mentor.
“They represented the potential that we all have and I realize that for all of us to reach our full potential, we need guidance and help from others, she said.
Luong Chau — a campus graduate in 2009 — said he really enjoyed his Cal Corps experience. He said it helped him transform from an unsure undergraduate student into a confident individual because he knew he was pursuing social justice. Chau worked as a volunteer coordinator for an ethnic studies class through the ACES program, a program that intends to combine the AC requirement and classes with public service to allow a greater level of teaching, research and community based learning.
Many also shared stories of how current Cal Corps programs influenced their lives later.
Jose said he keeps in regular contact with some Cal Corps alumni to find work opportunities as he navigates through graduate school.
According to Monica, UC Berkeley and Cal Corps prepared her for working as an administration assistant. She learned how to multitask and to juggle various projects. Monica said she also appreciated the big network of people that Cal Corps provided a base that continues to grow.
Felice has continued to volunteer in her community, mostly working with political and social groups and is now is a compliance officer at the US Department of Labor as an employment investigator. She said she feels passionate about stopping discrimination in the workplace.