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Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled at UC Berkeley as a full-time undergraduate for the 2022-23 year
  • Students cannot be incoming first year students (transfer students are eligible)
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Cannot study abroad or live outside the Bay Area for the 2022-23 year
  • Must be available to serve in person during June and July 2023
  • Must have received a high school diploma or GED by August 2022
  • Be willing to complete a National Service Criminal History Check & Live Scan in order to formally enroll (Read more here)
  • Students should demonstrate financial eligibility by being eligible for either:
    • a federal Pell grant
    • a State Cal Grant or Middle Class Scholarship
    • qualify as an AB-540 Dreamer
    • and/or needs to work or borrow loans to meet college costs
  • AB-540 eligible applicants must:

Expectations

  • Serve 450 hours from late August 2022-July 31, 2023 through an in-person community service placement 
  • Service hours will average 8-10 hours/week with the possibility of longer hours in June/July 2023
  • Participate in an orientation, mid-year meeting, & 2-hour pod meetings every other week (or weekly 60-minute pod meetings) with Fellows in your issue area
  • Participate in a regional service day & virtual meetings with College Corps Fellows across the state of California

Benefits

  • Graduate with less debt as College Corps Fellows will receive $10,000 through:
    • a $7,000 living stipend paid monthly throughout your active service term
    • a $3,000 Education Award upon successful completion of 450 hours
  • Be part of the inaugural cohort of students in a first-of-its-kind statewide partnership addressing societal challenges and helping to build more equitable communities across California
  • Serve in a community service placement focused on an issue you care about: Food Justice, Climate Justice, K-12 Education, or Youth Behavioral Health & Well-Being
  • Participate in training, professional development, and exposure to the skills and collaboration needed for community change
  • Network with community leaders and students from across campus and the state of CA who are committed to building stronger communities
  • Gain hands-on, real world experience and professional skills that will transfer to future endeavors
  • Instill a sense of pride and common purpose as you work alongside fellow student leaders from across the state

What We’re Looking For

  • Passion for working in partnership with communities to make positive change
  • 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

What You’ll Do

  • As a College Corps Fellow you’ll be matched with a Bay Area community service placement where you’ll work for 8-10 hours/week with the option of more service hours in June and July 2023
  • Placements will be with a local nonprofit community organization or agency or a public school
  • Your work will focus on either food or climate justice, K-12 education, or youth behavioral health & well-being
  • You’ll share successes and challenges and will learn from your peers in biweekly pod meetings; each pod will consist of 20 College Corps Fellows all focused on the same community issue (food, climate, education, or health)
  • You will have opportunities to apply your learning from orientation, College Corps pod meetings and virtual trainings, and from a roster of approved credit-bearing courses that will provide a foundation for your service

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Carrie Donovan, Assistant Director
carriedonovan@berkeley.edu